Egypt Will Build The World's Largest Solar Farm In The Desert

- Aug 02, 2018-

In 1913, Frank Shuman, a Philadelphia inventor, built the world's first solar-thermal power station on the outskirts of Cairo, using Egypt's abundant sunshine to pump water from the Nile to irrigate cotton fields nearby.The first world war and the discovery of cheap oil shattered Shuman's dream of large-scale solar power plants.A hundred years later, his dream came alive again.

Egypt is building the world's largest solar power plant, Benban, in the western desert, 400 miles from Cairo. The $2.8 billion project will open next year.More than 90 percent of Egypt's electricity now comes from oil and gas.The government plans to generate 42% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2025.Benban is expected to generate 1.8GW of electricity, enough to meet 4% of the nation's electricity needs.It consists of 30 separate solar power plants, the first of which will begin operating in December.