Morocco is set to become a solar superpower with potential to export power to Europe.
The World Bank stated in an article on its website that: “Morocco is poised to make history soon when the first phase of one of the world’s largest concentrated solar power plants starts generating electricity. When fully operational, it will produce enough energy for more than one million Moroccans, with possibly extra power to export to Europe.”
The Noor-Ouarzazate power complex is expected to reduce carbon emissions by 760,000 tons per year which could mean a reduction of 17.5 million tons of carbon emissions over 25 years. The power complex is aimed at cost reduction whilst using new technologies to emit low-greenhouse-gas.
The World Bank highlighted that the project is Morocco’s first utility-scale solar energy complex and an important step in he Moroccan Solar Energy Program, which aims to supply power to 1.1 million Moroccans by 2018 and install 2 GW of solar power by 2020.
Morocco’s environment minister, Hakima el-Haite, said that there could be a similar impact from solar energy to the region comparable to the impact of oil production in the past century.
“We are very proud of this project. I think it is the most important solar plant in the world.”
The Noor-Ouarzazate power complex is funded by around US$9 billion by international institutions, including the European Investment Bank and World Bank.
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