Morocco’s Environment Minister, Hakima El-Haite, has said the country is set to build Africa’s biggest solar farm, a $9 billion Noor project to be located outside the city of Ouarzazate on a stretch of land roughly the same size as Rabat, Morocco’s capital city.
According to El-Haite, Morocco’s 160 MW concentrated solar farm, Noor 1, was only the start. She enthused that, when the African nation is done, Noor 1 will be joined by three more similarly-sized power plants which will generate a whopping 500 MW of renewable energy, enough to power 1 million homes, or about half of the country’s residences.
“We are not an oil producer. We import 94 per cent of our energy as fossil fuels from abroad and that has big consequences for our state budget,” the Minister said.
She noted that Noor 1 alone is expected to reduce the country’s greenhouse emissions by up to a quarter million tons a year over 25 years, further stressing that when Noor 2 and 3 come online in 2017, both of which can store solar energy for up to eight hours, the entire Sahara region will have access to uninterrupted solar-generated electricity 24/7.
This post first appeared HERE