When you think of perfect places to get solar energy, the Sahara Desert probably comes to mind. No doubt that is why the European Union looked to the Sahara to meet 15 percent of its electricity needs by the year 2050. But so far the undertaking hasn’t exactly been fun in the scorching sun. After three years of effort, the venture has yet to lay necessary high voltage cables under the Mediterranean Sea from Africa, namely because of cost overruns. Two major companies, Siemens and Bosch, have pulled out and Spain is reluctant to continue the project because it relies too heavily on taxpayer subsidies. Time will tell if this EU caravan can trod its way through this Sahara solar sandstorm.



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