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Morocco Is building The largest Concentrated Solar Power Plant In The World

The north-west African country soon will be the leading solar super power in the world, its currently building the world’s biggest concentrated solar power-plant speculated to cost $9 billion and it will supply electricity to approximately 1.1 million Moroccans by the year 2018, according to world bank.

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This biggest solar power plant is under construction in the city of Ouarzazate on the edge of sahara desert in a 30 square kilimetre area, it will supply 2,000 megawatts of solar generation capacity and It will be partitioned in to phases and the first phase is called Noor 1 of which the officials say will be operational in the next few weeks.

This will be the largest solar plant in the world!

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The Noor complex will use a Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) which is reportedly more expensive to install than the commonly used photovoltaic panels, it uses mirrors to trap the sun’s light and heat up liquid that is mixed with water and reaches a temperature of about 400 degrees Celsius, after the steam will be produced in order to drive a turbine to generate electrical power.

The project will reduce carbon emission by 700,000 tons each year and will also be able to produce energy surplus for exports aswell. This project will be of a great help to tens of thousands of Moroccans in rural areas who are currently facing the problem of unreliable electricity supply.

Africa has a problem of unreliable electricity which has caused a lot of problems to people, only about 24% of the population in Sub-saharan Africa have access to electricity which is a very small rate and in others countries like Mali, Ethiopia and Kenya, the electricity access rate still falls up to 2%, according to African Development Bank.

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