North Africa solar power

North Africa has some of the highest insolation (solar radiation energy) rates in the world. Sonelgaz estimates that in the part of the country covered by the Sahara—86 percent of the total area—there are about 3500 hours of sunshine each year. This yields an insolation rate of 2650 kilowatt-hours per square meter per year, similar to or even better than the best areas in the California deserts that dominate U.S. solar installation sites.


Algeria wants to install 650 megawatts of solar energy by 2015, and a stunning 22 000 MW by 2030.

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