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Morocco to launch world's largest solar energy plant

Moroccan King Mohamed IV will launch the biggest solar energy plant in the world tomorrow, the Anadolu Agency reported yesterday.

The plant called Noor 1 has been built in the Sahara desert, near the town of Ouarzazate.

An official said: “Morocco gives much importance to the renewable energy through this project.”

Data from the Moroccan Ministry of Energy shows that the budget for the project is $652 million and its capacity is 160 megawatts.

This project is the first phase of a project which will generate 580 megawatts. The official completion of the project is due to take place in 2020

Morocco is planning to generate 52 per cent of its electricity needs through renewable energy by 2030, thus reducing its annual electricity bill which is current worth $9.9 billion.

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