The Desertec Foundation, a European civil society organization, expects to supply electricity to Europe by locating concentrating solar-thermal plants around the Sahara in North Africa.
The Desertec concept is applicable around the world. Similar plans, with the support of Noble Peace Laureate Al Gore, are underway in the California-Nevada-New Mexico-Arizona desert of the United States.
India’s plans to increase its solar power output to 22,000 MW by 2022 should take into account the Desertec concept for the Thar Desert region, an area of about 77,000 square miles.
Solar power in India has the potential to completely replace coal.