31 Jul '18, 3pm

via @YaleE360

The world’s largest solar energy farm is expected to be completed next year in the Egyptian desert, a showcase project that is part of an multinational effort to overhaul Egypt’s dilapidated electricity system with renewable energy projects. When it opens 400 miles south of Cairo in Egypt’s Western Desert, the $2.8-billion Benban complex is expected to generate 1.8-gigawatts of electricity, enough to power more than 1 million homes. With international help, the Egyptian government has set an ambitious goal of producing 42 percent of its electricity using renewable sources by 2025. Egypt currently generates more than 90 percent of its electricity from coal and natural gas, but the nation’s electricity generation remains spotty and its grid woefully outdated. The International Monetary Fund has been pushing reforms to the country’s energy system aimed at scaling back fossil ...

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