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First Plant in Morocco Solar Mega-Project to Open in 2015

Morocco’s green energy strategy will soon be paying dividends:

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Ain Beni Mathar Integrated Combined Cycle Thermo-Solar Power Plant in Morocco. Photo: Dana Smillie / World Bank

A Thermo-Solar Power Plant in Morocco. Photo: Dana Smillie / World Bank

Morocco’s first solar energy plant will begin operating in 2015, an official said Sunday, as part of a multi-billion-euro project the oil-scarce kingdom hopes will satisfy its growing energy needs.

The so-called “Nour 1” thermo-solar plant at the southern desert city of Ouarzazate will be operational “next year”, Mustapha Bakkoury, the head of Morocco’s MASEN solar energy agency told AFP.

The North African country is aiming to become a world-class renewable energy producer and is eyeing the chance to export clean electricity to nearby Europe…[Full Story]

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