Morocco may be a small North African country, but they are looking to change the way that people look at them and how they stand in the global rankings of other countries. While many people are unaware, Morocco is actually the location for many big movie productions. Movies such as The Mummy, Lawrence of Arabia, and even some episodes of Game of Thrones have all been filmed in this country. With is large sprawling deserts, it makes a great backdrop for anything.
The city of Ouarzazate is most commonly the spot that people go to for these productions, but now it is getting attention of a different kind. The country is looking to put up four large linked solar panels that will help provide renewable energy to the Moroccan people. The country also uses a lot of hydroelectricity and wind power as well, but solar energy will be new for them. With these solar panels, they can provide even a small amount to Europe as well. The hope is that by 2020 all panels are up and fully functioning.
Upon completion of these solar panels, Morocco will officially hold the largest concentrated solar power plant in the world. They are looking to start the first phase of the building next month, which will be called Noor 1. They plan on implementing a mirrored panel which, while more expensive, is actually going to help them keep producing power after the sun goes down.
When all is said and done, and all four large panels are installed, the entire area is expected to take up as much space in Ouarzazate as the country’s own capital city of Rabat. With a space this large, it is expected to generate around 580MW of electricity, since Noor 1 is expected to generate about 160MW just by itself.
Morocco is looking to thrive off of the solar energy boom, much like it did with the oil production boom of the last one hundred years. While it may take a bit of time to install, the perks of living off of solar power are many, and in a place where the sun is always shining, there should never be any threat of no power at all. Besides powering the country, the solar power plant will also continue to make positive impacts on the environment around the world, and perhaps more countries will see just how useful and effective solar power can be.