Morocco has an ambitious plan to generate 42 per cent of its electricity from renewables by 2020 – and it's backing up targets with strong action. Unsurprisingly, for a country with abundant sunshine, solar power is proving to be its preferred means of decarbonisation.
The first phase of what is to be the world's largest concentrated solar plant has just been switched on in the south of the country. The final two phases are due to be finished by 2018, with the aiming of providing electricity to one million people. The technology works by harnessing thermal energy in salt during the day, when huge parabolic mirrors track the sun and maximise its heat. The salt holds to that heat to be later used to drive steam turbines.
Read the full article by Gary Hartley via Energy Saving Trust.
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