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Morocco: One Million Homes on Solar

Morocco Plans to Power Half of Their Electrical Grid with Renewable Energy

Morocco The Noor Solar Project
Expansion of Morocco’s Largest Solar Complex, The Noor Solar Project, officially known as The Noor-Ouarzazate Concentrated Solar Power Project will provide 1.1 Million Moroccans with Clean Energy by 2018, reducing annual CO2 emissions by 700,000 tons. Image courtesy of; The World Bank.

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


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Our energy comes from many sources, including coal, natural gas, nuclear and renewables.

As nonrenewable sources such as coal diminish due to market forces and consumer preference, the need for renewable energy sources grows.

Some U.S. states satisfy their growing renewable energy needs with wind, solar and hydropower.

Wind: Texas has the capacity to generate 18,500 megawatts hours of electricity through wind, and expects to add another 5,000 megawatts of wind generation capacity from facilities under construction.

Solar: California’s solar farms and small-scale solar power systems have 14,000 megawatts of solar power generating capacity.

Hydroelectric: Washington state hydroelectric power produces two-thirds of its net electricity.

Information courtesy of ChooseEnergy.com

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