Morocco poised to become a solar superpower with desert mega-project

Morocco poised to become a solar superpower with launch of desert mega-project

World’s largest concentrated solar power plant, powered by the Saharan sun, set to help renewables provide almost half the country’s energy by 2020

Ouarzazate solar plant

The Moroccan city of Ouarzazate is used to big productions. On the edge of the Sahara desert and the centre of the north African country’s “Ouallywood” film industry it has played host to big-budget location shots in Lawrence of Arabia, The Mummy, The Living Daylights and even Game of Thrones.

Now the trading city, nicknamed the “door of the desert”, is the centre for another blockbuster – a complex of four linked solar mega-plants that, alongside hydro and wind, will help provide nearly half of Morocco’s electricity from renewables by 2020 with, it is hoped, some spare to export to Europe. The project is a key plank in Morocco’s ambitions to use its untapped deserts to become a global solar superpower.

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  • de castro  On 11/26/2015 at 1:37 am

    Not all that glitters is “gold” in solar energy.bit far fetched to “supply” EU with excess solar energy.
    EU will have their own as the technology is developed….also lots of “energy” is lost in transportation over long distances.
    However interesting development in non “oil producing” nation states….as solar energy becomes more affordable to poor countries.
    Let’s not go down the “minerals and fossil fuel” road of “get rich quick” bull****……
    American spin/dream.


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