Hills and hills, miles and miles of barren, bone-dry sand under the hot sun, the Sahara Desert is known as the most relentless place on earth. Settling around 47 degrees on a ‘cool day’, this region is hot. It has an area of 9,200,000 square kilometres which is basically the distance across the US and China if they were put next to each other on the world map.
Researchers from the University of Maryland have been working on the idea of weather changes in the Sahara for a while and have recently hypothesised that the inclusion of solar and wind farms may promote growth in vegetation and rainfall. This new, groundbreaking scientific discovery in the Sahara desert suggests that the parched landscape may soon change with the installment of these turbines, especially in the neighboring Sahel region.
The amount of power generating to these solar panels will be astonishing. The global consumption of energy is approximately 18 terawatts. These panels will generate up to 92 terawatts of energy all from the power of the deserts fierce sun. Hopefully soon those desert sand hills may harvest a whole new lush green vegetation with a drizzle of rain.