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African solar energy could power UK homes by 2018

A new project could provide clean energy to more than 2.5 million homes, creating double the energy of UK’s nuclear energy output.

TuNur is a 2GW solar export project in the Tunisian Sahara that will be connected to the European electricity grid via a dedicated cable.

The project aims to produce almost twice as much energy as any of the UK’s current nuclear power plants and plans to continue to produce power at night.

Construction on the project is expected to start in 2016, and could provide clean power to more than 2.5 million UK homes as early as 2018.

Renewable energy investment company Low Carbon and utility scale solar developer Nur Energie have announced they are partnering in TuNur’s development.

Low Carbon chief executive Roy Bedlow said: “With the right level of investment, large-scale renewable projects such as TuNur can be very competitive in the energy market and it demonstrates that renewables make business sense.

“By harnessing the power of the sun, we can challenge other means of energy generation such as nuclear or fossil fuels, which have multiple, long-term negative effects. Large-scale solar projects in Europe and Africa are a vital part of diversifying and securing Europe’s energy supply, while also creating a low-carbon economy.”

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