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Egypt's solar-powered airports and private windmills

Egypt has plans to look into renewable energy – again. The question remains: how serious are these attempts?
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<br><div><b>Solar energy panels</b>– <i>Photo by Green Wiki</i></div>
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<p>This month, France granted Egypt over 430,000 Euro for the latter to start a study on applying solar energy in the country’s different airports, namely Sharm ElSheikh, Assiut, Abu Simbel and Taba. According to the newsletter of the German-Arab Chamber of Industry and Commerce, the study should aim at developing modules with a capacity of 20MW per airport and will be prospectively concluded in six months.</p>
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<br><div><b>Windmills</b>– <i>Photo by MaxUpdates</i></div>
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<p>The other source of energy Egypt is working on is wind energy. The New and Renewable Energy Authority (NREA) is planning to sell a total of 7,622 square kilometers of land to private investors – in form of tenders – which should use it to develop and create wind energy projects according to the BOT-model (Build Operate Transfer). These pieces of land are mainly located at the Suez Canal, and on both Nile-banks. The generated energy should then be sold to private businesses – without state-guarantee. </p>
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<p>Private companies can also buy the land at a lower price, and will be allowed to use it for 20 – 25 years. Also, the equipment needed can be imported and will not be subjected to taxes or customs. </p>
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<p>The outline of it all seems very promising, yet, there is no way in telling how serious these attempts are until tangible results are produced. </p>
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