Morocco switches on first phase of giant solar farm

The first phase of the world’s largest concentrated solar power (CSP) plant has been launched in Morocco. When fully operational, the three-plant Noor-Ouarzazate CSP complex will have a capacity of […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

The first phase of the world’s largest concentrated solar power (CSP) plant has been launched in Morocco.

When fully operational, the three-plant Noor-Ouarzazate CSP complex will have a capacity of more than 500MW.

That’s enough electricity to power 1.1 million households.

The International Energy Agency estimates up to 11% of the world’s power generation could come from CSP plants by 2050, especially in the Middle East and North Africa, according to the World Bank.

It provided a $519 million (£324m) loan to support the solar project in 2014.

Marie Francoise Marie-Nelly, World Bank Country Director for the Maghreb said: “With this bold step toward a clean energy future, Morocco is pioneering a greener development and developing a cutting edge solar technology.

“The returns on this investment will be significant for the country and its people, by enhancing energy security, creating a cleaner environment and encouraging new industries and job creation.”