**News Report** 
on the Solar Option


The Solar Option Can Save Lake Chad 

The First Mega-Project to Solve a Major Humanitarian Problem


After our presentation at the LCBC Conference in Abuja, we believe that the Solar Option is no longer optional, but a necessity

Lake Chad needs rapid Inter-Basin Water Transfer (IBWT), or it will go extinct. It will take decades to build the alternative Transaqua project. 

● Because of the urgent need to begin refilling the lake quickly, the shortest route for IBWT must be used, as presented in the Solar Option Technical Paper

● Solar is best power source for pumping water to Lake Chad: lowest cost, lowest environmental impact, quickest to build. See the Solar Option Technical Paper for details on the costs of solar power. 


Lake Chad was once the most important freshwater ecosystem in the Sahel, providing sustenance to 30 million people living in Africa’s central sub-Sahara.

During the last 50 years, it has shrunk to less than 10% of its former size, precipitating a major humanitarian crisis.

The Lake Chad Basin Commission, representing the countries surrounding the lake, has been studying the problem for years, seeking a viable approach for Inter-Basin Water Transfer from the Ubangi River to replenish the Lake.

On February 26-28, 2018, the Commission convened African decision-makers in Abuja at the International Conference on Lake Chad

The conference theme was: “Saving the Lake Chad to revitalize the Basin’s ecosystem for sustainable livelihood, security and development.” The goal is to develop consensus on solutions to save the Lake.

Dramatic reductions in the cost of generating solar power, along with advanced grid-scale lithium-ion energy storage batteries, make The Solar Option the best choice:

     ○ Approximately 10% of the cost of a
         hydroelectric dam.

     ○ No Ubangi dam, no flooding and displacement
         of villages and people.

     ○ No disruption of fisheries and agriculture.

     ○ No significant Ubangi River water loss.

     ○ Staged construction allows early start of water
         pumping, increasing Lake Chad about
         3000 sq km in the first year.

     ○ Renewed Lake Chad ecosystem.

     ○ Increased agriculture, food security and
         economic opportunities.

     ○ Infrastructure development: roads
         and electrification.

     ○ A positive future to counteract civil unrest.

© Guy Immega  2018