Morocco is known for many things. Appearances on Bizarre Foods, as the set location for Lawrence of Arabia, and a set of Game of Thrones, to name a few.
Soon, Morocco will be known for being a solar superpower.
When it comes to arid, sunny deserts, solar is absolute king. In the US alone, a majority of the solar power generated comes from dry areas such as Las Vegas and California. Morocco has long been eyed for this exact reason.
The first phase of this undertaking, called Noor 1, is just outside Moroccan city of Ouarzazate. Once completed, this project will be the largest concentrated solar power (CSP) plant in the world. The first phase is expected to be completed by the end of this month.
In a recent interview, Morocco’s environment minister, Hakima el-Haite stated, “We import 94% of our energy as fossil fuels from abroad and that has big consequences for our state budget. We also used to subsidize fossil fuels which have a heavy cost, so when we heard about the potential of solar energy, we thought; why not?”
Once completed, Morocco will generate over one third of all its power from solar alone. This will put it on track to having over 50% of its energy generated from renewables by 2020.
Additionally, phase 2 and 3 will include energy storage systems that will allow for 24/7 solar power. As we discussed in our blog a few weeks ago, energy storage is a big deal.
Solar works on a domestic and national level and will continue to move the world energy market in a positive, clean direction!