People have ideas. They
make plans and draw images on maps. But you know when a concept is real when
funding flows to develop a project. The plan to tap the enormous solar and
wind potential of northern Africa and the Middle East, linking these renewables
around the Mediterranean Sea just got real. The World Bank will begin funding
the staged development of the DESERTEC Project.
Years of planning among engineering firms, national
utilities and policy-makers has garnered support from the World Bank to fund
the development of large solar and wind sites in North Africa and the Middle East – and interconnecting high-voltage transmission between the neighboring states.
The benefits are many:
cleaner energy and water development for each nation, load-leveling across time-zones,
clean job creation, enhanced emergency response, reduced CO2 emissions and greater cooperation amongst the interconnected countries. This
is win/win/win for all involved. This is a model for “cooperative sustainable
development” between desert and mild climate, Muslim and Christian countries,
rich and poor, east and west traditions. Cooperative Sustainable
Development can elevate our society to work together to make the world a
better place on every continent.
express our hope from these commitments. Our GENI staff, interns and
volunteers around the world deserve a portion of credit. They have
accomplished so much last year that we amazed ourselves, and share the 2010
GENI highlights with you here (2010 milestones).
In partnership for the planet,