Morocco in $9bn solar switch

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Morocco is to spend $9bn over the next 10 years on a plan to generate 40% of its energy needs via solar power.

The North African country, which gets 3,000 hours of sunshine a year, will build five solar power stations in Ouarzazate, Ain Bni Mathar, Foum Al Oued, Boujdour and Sebkhat Tah, with the first due to be operational in 2015.

The switch to solar is intended to see Morocco cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 3.7m tonnes of CO2.