Solar power 'a sensible solution for Europe'

17 Aug 2010
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Solar power 'a sensible solution for Europe'

Solar energy produced in African deserts can be used to help meet European power needs, a senior policy officer at the Campaign to Protect Rural England has stated.

According to Dustin Benton, this is because solar power panels require 30 times less energy than biofuel crops to produce the same amount of power.

Writing for the Comment is Free pages in the Guardian, he argued that "this type of project…presents a huge opportunity for sustainable development, and shows that we have choices about cutting emissions that go hand-in-hand with conserving natural beauty".

He added that making changes to the way European energy needs are met is crucial to preserving the landscapes of countries such as Britain.

Mr Benton's comments come after German physicist Gerhard Knies said the Sahara desert could be used to meet European energy and carbon emissions reduction targets by 2020.

The expert told the Wall Street Journal that he has come up with the solution, but requires others to implement his idea. 

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