Mega solar & wind farms can turn Sahara green

Sep 07, 2018, 8:14 AM EDT
(Source: lalo Fuentes/flickr)
(Source: lalo Fuentes/flickr)

The face and fate of the Sahara Desert can change radically if giant solar and wind installations are deployed in the region, according to a new climate-modelling study.

The first-of-its-kind study attempts to visualize how wind and solar farms, spanning 9 million square kilometers in the Sahara, would transform the region’s immediate surroundings, notes The Conversation.

The model, which strategically chooses the Sahara for its sparse population, sensitivity to land changes and proximity to Europe and the Middle East, suggests that mega solar and wind installations could raise local temperatures and increase precipitation making the region suitable for vegetation, reports Science Daily.