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North Africa and the Arab peninsula are among the best insolated regions on earth. There are very few other areas with comparable duration and intensity of sunshine. If anywhere, it is in the huge Arab desert areas that solar electricity could be generated at competitive terms, provided it will be possible to cope with the dust problem.
So far Arab countries have failed to exploit this golden resource, preferring to live on their huge oil and gas wealth.
This situation is slowly starting to change, not because of fears about climate change but because of the need to find long-term alternatives for depleting oil and gas resources. Several countries therefore aim at developing solar power capacities for replacing oil and gas in domestic electricity generation, reserving oil and gas for exports and as feed stuff for their rapidly expanding petrochemical industries.
However, only a few Arab countries have ambitious plans for investing in […]

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