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updated 9:59 PM PST, Feb 5, 2016

Morocco switches on 160-megawatt solar power plant

OPB: The plan to provide renewable energy to Moroccans began with the opening of the Sahara Desert solar plant that spans across thousands of acres.

The plant has three phrases; Noor I is on the Sahara's edge near Ouarzazate.

When the next two phases, Noor II and Noor III, are finished, the plant will be the single largest solar power production facility in the world, The Guardian says.

Morocco currently relies on imported sources for 97 percent of its energy consumption, according to the World Bank, which helped fund the Noor power plant project. Investing in renewable energy will make Morocco less reliant on those imports as well as reduce the nation’s long-term carbon emissions by millions of tons.

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Last modified onFriday, 05 February 2016 11:14
Jaime Dunkle

Jaime Dunkle is the Oregon Business digital news editor.

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