once again the eyes of the developed countries are turned to the sunny continent, this time to take advantage of the sunlight that illuminates the city here is the deserts for many more hours a year. The construction of a larger solar plant in the city of Paris in Morocco could restore the world balance that inevitably relies on energy resources.
The plant covers an area comparable to the city of Paris, 14 million square meters.
The opening of the plant marks the beginning of the Moroccan energy independence: the project will change the way in which the whole continent will produce energy.
The chosen site is located 10 kilometers from the city of Ouarzazate, in the middle of the desert: the plant exploits the synergy between different types of solar technologies that, once fully operational, will produce 580 MW, enough energy to feed over a million homes. The station consists of four areas: the first, called Noor I, is a thermodynamic solar power plant capable of producing 160MW.
Morocco is one of the countries that has taken seriously the issue of renewable energy and the final abandonment of those related to the processing of oil: since the plant was activated, about two years, the annual carbon emissions have dropped significantly . The objectives of the African country are concrete and achievable: the government has planned to derive 42% of energy from renewable sources by 2020 and raise the figure to 52% in 2030.
The Noor station, complete with all its parts, will not be the only one in Morocco: under study is the construction of another 800 MW solar plant.