Situated at the gateway to the Sahara Desert, the whole complex provides 580 megawatts — saving the planet from over 760,000 tonnes of carbon emissions.
The country is well on track to hit its target too with 35% of its energy is already renewable thanks to sites such as Noor Ouarzazate.
Its 243 meter tower, the tallest in Africa, houses molten salt which is melted to create energy.
Unlike conventional solar panels which deliver energy direct to the grid, curved mirrors concentrate radiation to heat tubes of fluid which are pumped to a power unit. The unit holds the energy for use at a later time — specifically at night when demand is greater.
Noor Ouarzazate in Morocco produces enough electricity to power a city the size of Prague. Imported fossil fuels currently provide for 97% of Morocco’s energy need, according to World Bank . As a result the country is keen to diversify and start using renewable energy.
“Morocco is an emergent country,” Yassir Badih, senior project manager at Masen told CNN. “Electricity demand has doubled since 2010 and by 2030 we want Morocco to be one of the first countries in the world for renewables to exceed share of fossil energy.”
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