Morocco builds a 3,000-hectares concentrated solar farm enough to power a city the size of Prague.
In order to reduce its dependency on fossil fuels, Morocco has built a mega solar farm in the Sahara Desert, generating around 580 MW of renewable energy.
- The North African country, Morocco has built a concentrated solar farm on an area of more than 3,000 hectares.
- The Noor-Ouarzazate complex, size of 3,500 football fields is situated at the gateway to the Sahara Desert.
- It produces 580 MW of electricity, which prevents 760,000 tons of carbon emissions.
- The complex was financed by the World Bank with a $400 million loan combined with $216 million from the Clean Technology Fund.
- The solar farm hosts a 243-meter tower where molten salt is stored which is melted to create energy.
- The country is eyeing towards generating 42% of its power from renewable sources by 2020.
- This solar park, unlike conventional solar panels, concentrates radiation to heat tubes of fluid which are pumped to a power unit, which can be used later.
- Currently, 97% of Morocco’s energy need is provided by importing fossil fuels.