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Solar power could be providing energy to the U.K. soon under a plan that gathers transferable units from Tunisia to distribute in homes farther north over lines running from Northern Africa.
Under the scheme, up to 2.5 million UK homes could be powered by Tunisian sunshine by 2018.
The company involved says they have already spent 10 million euros developing the site.
The company argues that existing gas pipelines from Algeria that run through Tunisia have operated without a glitch through the turbulence that has followed on from the Arab Spring.
Their plans involve using concentrated solar power (CSP) technology. This allows the developers to store some of the energy generated so that the supply is “dispatchable”. It can be switched on or off on demand.
The company involved says its electricity supplies will be secure, and 20% cheaper than home-grown sources, such as offshore wind.