World biggest solar power plant
The north-western African nation is building the planet's biggest concentrated solar energy plant, that will supply electricity to 1.1 million Moroccans by 2018, in accordance with the World Bank.
The plant has been constructed in a 30 square kilometer area beyond your town of Ouarzazate, on the perimeter regarding the Sahara desert, famous as the shooting location of Hollywood blockbusters like "Lawrence of Arabia" and "Gladiator, " plus the TV series "Game of Thrones."
Initial stage, called Noor 1, may be functional next few weeks, in accordance with officials.
"The country is well-positioned to profit from its head-start at the same time whenever various other regional powers are beginning to consider more seriously about their particular renewable energy programs, " he adds.
Energy also at nightThe Noor complex uses a technology called Concentrating solar energy (CSP), that is more costly to put in compared to widely used photovoltaic panels, but unlike all of them, permits to keep energy for evenings and cloudy times.
It uses mirrors to concentrate the sun's rays's light as well as heat up a liquid, which can be mixed with water and achieves a temperature near 400 levels Celsius. This produces vapor, which in turn pushes a turbine to create electric power.
An unreliable method of getting electricity causes everyday obstacles to everyday lives of thousands of men and women in Morocco's outlying places - from flickering light bulbs to malfunctioning medical center equipment.
The African country currently hosts the Turfaya wind farm which, with 131 turbines, may be the largest regarding the continent, and it's also rapidly becoming a popular market for renewable power investment based on Ernst and teenage. The Moroccan department for solar power was established in 2010 to spearhead new and continuous tasks.
Gateway to Africa"there is certainly an extremely strategic sense in Morocco of diversifying energy resources, " states energy professional, Roger Coma-Cunill in a global Bank web log, "and a definite good sense, with all these targets to achieve by 2020, of contributing to an eco-friendly development plan and being a model for Africa. Morocco is trying to be a gateway to Africa - that's section of this endeavor, " he adds.
Too little reliable power is definitely Africa's Achilles heel, blamed for stunting the continent's development.