RABAT Morocco (Xinhua) --
Morocco’s King Mohammed VI launched Saturday in
the southern province of Ouarzazate the fourth and final stage
of Noor Ouarzazate, the world’s largest solar plant.
The Noor Ouarzazate
IV power station, spanned over an area of 137 hectares (1.37
square km), will be set up with over 75 million U.S. dollars
with photovoltaic (PV) technology.
The power station,
scheduled to start operating in the first quarter of 2018, will
be built as part of a partnership involving the Moroccan Agency
for Sustainable Energy (Masen), and a consortium of private
operators led by the Saudi Arabian Acwa Power group and German
development bank KfW.
While the first
station has started operating in 2016, the second and third
power stations of Noor solar complex have reached a completion
rate of 76 and 74 percent respectively.
The mega project
will generate 582 megawatts and provide electricity to over a
million homes when completed by 2020.
The plant represents
a critical step in the Moroccan Solar Energy Program, which aims
to generate 42 percent of its electricity needs through
renewable energy by 2020 and 52 percent by 2030.