New Delhi - A significant development took place this week in Morocco when King Mohammed VI inaugurated the first phase of the Noor Ouarzazate concentrated solar power complex – the largest in the world – and launched construction works for Noor II and Noor III. When completed the multi-technology Noor Ouarzazate complex spread over 3,000 hectares will have an overall installed capacity of 580 MW. This will significantly reduce Morocco’s dependence on energy imports and provide electricity to 1.1 million Moroccans by 2018. Additionally it will lower Morocco’s carbon emissions by 760,000 tonnes each year.

Morocco’s inauguration of Noor Ouarzazate solar complex is a great model for Africa
Rudroneel Ghosh is a Jr Assistant editor with The Times of India, India's largest English daily.