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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

The first phase of the Moroccans giant solar power plants starts active

The activation of the first stage of the Moroccans giant solar power plants done this week. The power plant is known as Noor I is a 160 megawatt power plant and is the first of three phases (named Noor II and Noor III, of course) of a concentrated solar power house is located in the province of Ouarzazate.

The ability to generate its own energy will be a boon for the North African country. Unlike many of its neighbors, Morocco does not have the reserves of fossil fuels and thus about 97 percent of the energy imported from other countries. When completed later, the concentrated solar power plant will have a capacity of over 500 megawatts of energy, and reported by The Guardian, Noor I, II, and III will provide electricity for 1.1 million people.
The new Moroccans solar power plants will cover 30 square kilometers outside the city Quarzazate. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1Wrsjd)
The Concentrated Solar Power plants (CSP) works differently from solar cells or photovoltaic arrays. CSP uses a lot of mirrors to capture the sun's heat energy, and use it to turn water into steam to turn turbines. Noor I have about two square miles thermo solar parabolic mirrors, can save about three hours worth of energy in molten salt.

King of Morocco, Mohammed VI officially announced the next phase of the construction of two power plants are projected to be completed before 2020. At that time, Morocco has a plan to get more than half the energy from renewable sources. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | THE GUARDIAN]
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