Rabat - As the United Nations Climate Change Conference unfolds in Marrakesh, the World Bank released a report commending Morocco on its “vision” in constructing the Noor complex – the world’s largest solar power plant.
Rabat – As the United Nations Climate Change Conference unfolds in Marrakesh, the World Bank released a report commending Morocco on its “vision” in constructing the Noor complex – the world’s largest solar power plant.
“With the first phase of the 500 MW Noor project coming on line earlier this year, the 160 MW Noor I plant, Morocco is providing an example to the region of the value of CSP,” the report, released on Tuesday, said.
Investors from the World Bank and the Climate Investment Funds met with members of the Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy (MASEN) earlier this year to examine the implementation of concentrated solar power (CSP) technology in use at the Ouarzazate complex.
The report noted Morocco’s ability to harvest energy from several kinds of renewable energies, including wind, solar and hydropower.
The kingdom’s national strategy dictates that 52 percent of the country’s energy demands be fulfilled by renewables by the year 2030 – a goal set during the November 2015 climate change talks in Paris.
Morocco chose CSP for one of its biggest clean energy projects because the technology best fit the kingdom’s needs. In pre-planning stages, analysts discovered that Moroccans use the most energy in the early evening time, once the sun has set.
Traditional photovoltaic solar panels can only generate electricity during the daytime, but CSP can continue its work up to three hours after the sun stops shining. This fact made MASEN abandon the cheaper photovoltaic technology for CSP.
The World Bank added that the innovations pioneered by the Noor project’s engineers will pull down the costs of bringing solar energy to the rest of the sunny Middle East and North Africa region.