Morocco will be the biggest concerted solar plant in the world

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Morocco is prepared to enter the front line in renewable energy with the prospect of a concerted solar power plant in Ouarzazate. The plant is part of a strategy to acquire half of the electricity from renewable energy sources in Morocco by 2020.

Morocco will be the biggest concerted solar plant in the world

Morocco will be the biggest concerted solar plant in the world

Noor 1 has 500,000 solar mirrors in 800 rows and it is the first of four plants in the Saharan desert. As soon as completed, it will include an area the size of Rabat, the capital city of the country. This first plant will give 160MW of power.

Every mirror is situated to a pipeline that brings a heat transmit solution. The sunbeams blazes the solution which is then combined with water to generate condensation that revolves a turbine and generates electricity. Around $9 billion is the estimated value of Noor 2 and Noor 3 plants and are approximated to set off in 2017.

Once finished, the plant will generate above 500MW of electricity and will be the world’s largest in using concentrated solar power technology. Meanwhile, the world’s largest solar power facility is presently the Solar Star project in Rosamond, California.

Once the plants are generating, Morocco expects to be producing sufficient energy to begin exporting to nearby nations like Mauritania, and probably to Europe.

By 2020, Morocco is aiming to source half of its energy from renewables, a third of that will be solar power, the other two thirds will come from wind and hydro power.

Mohamed Dekkak

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