MARSA MATROUH, Egypt: Egyptians need to be more open to renewable energy because there are “not enough” solar energy projects and wind farms to satisfy demands, European Union Ambassador to Cairo James Moran told reporters Tuesday.
Before speaking at a Wednesday conference in Matrouh, northwest of Egypt, on the occasion of a joint solar energy project, Moran said he would like to see solar panels on the roofs of Egyptian homes, adding that the country is “perfectly placed” to produce an abundance of clean energy.
The EU is “most interested in projects that improve the livelihood of underprivileged people in Egypt, especially in the fields of energy, agriculture, water resources, transportation and public services,” the ambassador told The Cairo Post.
In the span of five years, the EU will have finished a joint rural development program in Matrouh, Fayoum and Minya consisting of two components; rural development by harvesting rain, promoting good agricultural practices (GAP) and Income-Generating Activities (IGA,) such as farming.
The second component is implemented by the United Nations Development Program and the Engineering Authority of the Egyptian military to clear the North Coast of mines left by the Second World War. Thus far, the army has cleared 11,419 feddans.