EXPANSION TO MAROCCO’S LARGEST SOLAR MIX

The World Bank Group has approved a $519 million project to support Morocco’s renewable energy development. Morocco relies on the imported fossil fuels to generate 97% of total electricity and it has decided to change that. The $519 million project, also called the Noor-Quarzazate Solar Power Project, will finance the expansion of the original solar energy mix both in capacity and output. An initial 160-megawatt phase of the project, approved by World Bank in 2011, is currently under construction. The new project released this year will fund the second phase of 350 megawatts. The expanded plant is expected to reduce carbon emission by 700,000 per year. And World Bank Country Director for the Maghreb Simon Gray believes “The Noor-Quarzazate Solar Power Complex alone will supply power to 1.1 million Moroccans by 2018”.

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