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Desertec to construct first solar farm in Morocco

The Desertec Industrial Initiative (DII) says Morocco will be the first location for building a solar thermal power plant as part of the €400 billion Desertec project for developing renewable energy in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

By Kari Williamson

The first phase of the 500 MW solar thermal power plant could see construction start next year. According to English newspaper the Guardian, the location of the solar thermal project is predicted to be the desert city of Ouarzazate, Morocco, where parabolic mirrors will cover an area of 12 km2.

The DII is also already in talks with Tunisia about renewable energy projects and Algeria is expected to follow. From 2020, the initiative expect countries such as Libya, Egypt, Turkey, Syria and Saudi Arabia to join.

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