The worldâ€™s largest solar plant will deliver enough power in Morocco for over 1 million homes by 2018.
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TheÂ Noor Concentrated Solar Power that just switched on in Morocco and that is projected to produce enough power to meet the needs of 1.1 million people by 2018.
The complex usesÂ concentrating solar power that can be stored for future use onÂ nights and cloudy days. Right now itÂ has anÂ installed capacity of 160 megawatts (MW) but in two years itâ€™s expected to have its capacity expandedÂ to over 500 MW.Â Climate Investment Funds estimatesÂ that â€śthe plant will reduce carbon emissions by 760,000 tons per year, which could result in an estimated reduction of over 17.5 million tons of carbon emissions over 25 years.â€ť
This is an important development for Morocco since right now 97% of the countryâ€™s energy comesÂ from imported fossil fuels. With access toÂ Sahara Desert in the southern part of the country, it makes sense for Morocco to take advantage of that large, sunny space to build the worldâ€™s biggestÂ solar power plant yet. The countryâ€™s goal is to have 42% of its energy come from renewable resources by 2020.