Europe's solar energy 'to come from Africa'

01 Dec 2010
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Europe's solar energy 'to come from Africa'

Solar power developments in north Africa are set to provide a significant proportion of the renewable energy needed in Europe.

This is according to the president of the UK Royal Society Lord Rees, who stated that it is "essential" provisions are put in place to cope with the threat climate change poses to the world.

Speaking to BBC News ahead of the closing ceremony of the society's 350th anniversary, Lord Rees explained that he is "optimistic" about the future of solar energy.

He said: "But in the short term if you want to keep the lights on you are going to need some nuclear power."

Lord Rees added that the UK needs to take note of governments in countries such as Singapore, the US and Germany, which have all increased their budgets for renewable energy developments.

The Public Accounts Committee recently revealed that the Department of Energy and Climate Change is not on track to meet targets relating to the generation of renewable energy

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