Morocco just turned on a huge solar power plant in the Sahara Desert

Solar in the Sahara

Solar power in the Sahara

Quick, think of the hottest and sunniest place on Earth. What’d you come up with? I wonder how many would answer the Sahara Desert?

While confirmation that the Sahara Desert is, in fact, the hottest and sunniest place on Earth will be hard to come by, the Sahara has been named on lists of place with the least cloud cover.

This is great news for the solar industry, because Morocco just turned on an enormous solar power plant in the Sahara Desert, and that plant will now work to provide renewable energy to more than a million Moroccans.

First of three phases

Morocco just unveiled the Noor I solar power plant, which is located on the edge of the Sahara near the town of Ouarzazate. The plant covers thousands of acres of desert and is reportedly able to generate up to 160 megawatts of power.

This is the first of three phases, and construction for both second and third phases has already begun.

Decreased reliance on imports

When all three phases are complete, the plant will reportedly be the largest solar power production facility on Earth. The homegrown power supply will be a welcome change of pace for Morocco, which currently relies on imported sources for 97 percent of its energy consumption.

Source → NPR
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