Morocco Plans to Power Half of Their Electrical Grid with Renewable Energy
From the World Bank website:
Morocco is the Middle East’s largest energy importer, and depends on fossil fuel imports to generate over 97 percent of its energy.
The Noor-Ouarzazate Concentrated Solar Power Project will support the Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy to finance the expansion of Morocco’s first utility-scale solar energy complex, helping increase its capacity and output, especially during peak hours
“Morocco stands at the forefront of climate-friendly policies in the region. The country is well-positioned to benefit from its head-start at a time when other regional powers are beginning to think more seriously about their own renewable energy programs.”—Inger Andersen, World Bank Regional Vice President for the Middle East and North Africa.
An initial 160 megawatt phase of the project, approved by the Bank in 2011, is currently under construction.
The new project will finance the second 350 megawatt phase, and include the installation of solar parabolic troughs and a solar energy tower. This project will be funded through US$400 million from the Bank and US$119 million from the Bank administered Clean Technology Fund. — The World Bank