DESERTEC releases criteria for large-scale solar
Criteria focus on economic viability and sustainability of projects
The DESERTEC Foundation has, after a number of years of development, released a set of criteria which, it says, ‘ensure the social and environmental responsibility of large solar projects in desert regions’. DESERTEC says that this advance is a cornerstone of the wider concept – which envisions an interconnected, intercontinental grid of renewable energy sources - by ensuring that local people benefit from the development of renewable energy facilities.
“Political participation and environmental responsibility play a clear and key role in the European transition to renewables. This must also be the standard approach for international projects and the global transition to renewable energy,” said DESERTEC Foundation director, Dr Thiemo Gropp.
The developed criteria focus on the sustainability of large-scale renewables schemes – focusing on aspects such as economic viability and energy security, as well as considering the environmental and social impacts of individual projects.