Mediterranean Solar Plan (MSP)
It seemed like a good idea at the time. Back in 2008 a group of Southern European and North African leaders clubbed together to form the Union for the Mediterranean and hatched an ambitious energy project.
The Mediterranean Solar Plan, unveiled in July 2008 in Barcelona, aimed to provide “a common answer to the energy and climate challenges of the Euro-Mediterranean region,” according to a document presented by Philippe Lorec, France’s deputy director general for Energy and Climate.
To do this, the plan advocated meeting two targets by 2020: a 20% reduction in primary energy use compared to 2005 levels, and the development of 20GW in new renewable energy generation.
An update published by Lorec, the plan’s project manager, in October 2009 specified that CSP would make up 26% of the total, with a further 45% contribution from PV, 26% from wind, 2% from…