The former Tesco boss Sir Dave Lewis is aiming to profit from Britain’s energy shortage by leading a £16bn project to import electricity from Morocco. The 56-year-old has become executive chairman of start-up Xlinks, which plans to generate cheap power from the wind and sun in Morocco, then transport it to Britain via cables under the sea-bed, to power up to 7m homes. Set up by entrepreneur Simon Morrish, Xlinks plans to build 10.5 gigawatts of solar panels and wind turbines across 1,500km-squared in western Morocco, then run it back to the UK via a 3.6 gigawatt subsea cable landing in Devon. It is also planning two factories, in Hunterston and Port Talbot, to make cable, creating around 1,350 regional jobs, with possibly a third factory in the North East.
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