The oil-rich nation of Libya has the potential to generate a significant amount of solar energy, according to a new report from Nottingham Trent University. Researchers said Libya could generate as much as five times the amount of energy from solar that it currently produces in crude oil. With renewable resources at that level, Libya would be able to meet its own demand for electricity.
According to the report, if Libya used just 0.1 percent of its landmass to build solar energy systems it could produce the equivalent of nearly 7 million barrels of crude oil per day in energy. Currently Libya produces about 1.41 million barrels of crude oil every day.
While the potential for renewables exists in Libya, researchers also pointed out the country needs to spend time creating a more comprehensive energy strategy that involves expanding its renewable energy sector.
"It is difficult to break the dependency on oil and natural gas, not just in terms of the country's demand for it, but also in terms of the revenues that it generates," said researcher Dr. Amin Al-Habaibeh. "Renewable energy technology is still in its early days in Libya and a clear strategy and timetable is needed to take it forward. In particular, work needs to be done to develop the skills and knowledge needed to install and maintain renewable energy systems."