Morocco launches world’s largest solar power project – Middle East Online

Morocco On The Move

 

*Head of Morocco’s solar energy agency MASEN says thermo-solar plant will cost 630 million euros, and is slated for completion in 2015*

Middle East Online (Rabat, Morocco, May 11, 2013) — Morocco on Friday officially launched the construction of a 160-megawatt solar power plant near the desert city of Ouarzazate, the first in a series of vast solar projects planned in the country.

The largest of its kind in the world, according to Mustapha Bakkoury, the head of Morocco’s solar energy agency MASEN, the thermo-solar plant will cost 7 billion dirhams (630 million euros) and is slated for completion in 2015, the official MAP news agency reported.

The ambitious project “reinforces the will… to optimise the exploitation of Morocco’s natural resources, to preserve its environment… and sustain its development,” Bakkoury said at the ceremony which was attended by King Mohammed VI.

A consortium led by Saudi developer ACWA Power…

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