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Morocco’s king has inaugurated the first of three large concentrated solar power (CSP) plants, under development at Ouarzazate at the edge of the Sahara in the country’s south. The Noor 1 plant has generating capacity of 160MW.
The plant was developed by Saudi private firm Acwa and built under a turnkey contract by Spanish solar companies Sener, Acciona and TSK. TSK says commercial operation has started, but it is not clear whether full capacity has been achieved.
The Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy (Masen) awarded the contract for development of Noor 1 to Acwa in 2012 and estimates the cost of the project at €800mn ($900mn). Masen plans to develop 2GW of solar capacity at four locations, a Masen official told reporters, at an anticipated total cost of $9bn.
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