Founded by five friends in a cafe, Karmsolar employs 4000 people and provides 1.8 gigawatts of electricity to local electrical grids.

The Egyptian government wants to get 42 percent of its energy sector powered by renewables by 2025, leaving a healthy 5-year window for their 2030 sustainability goals with the United Nations. In the Western Desert, 400 miles south of Cairo, a solar energy company named KarmSolar is helping them do it. Founded by five friends in a cafe, the company is building what will become a hub of 30 individual power plants with a collective capacity of 1.8 gigawatts of electricity. Located near the Benban village near the Nile, KarmSolar’s complex already employs 4,000 people at the first of 30 facilities, which came online this past November. Once it’s completed, according to the Los Angeles Times , the Benban Solar Park will be the largest solar plant in the world . A few hundred miles to the east, near Gabal el-Zeit on the coast of the Red Sea, Egypt’s Electricity Ministry have completed preparations for a $670 million wind farm with a 580-megawatt (MW) capacity stemming from 290 turbines. The wind farm will be the “largest in the world” of its kind , according to a spokesperson for Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. What that means, in specific, as […]

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