Morocco “Ouallywood” city hosts World’s Largest Solar Power Project

Located on the edge of the Sahara desert, in an area famous for a picturesque landscape, the Noor-Ouarzazate power complex is putting Morocco on the map as a solar superpower.

It is the world’s largest concentrated solar power plant, powered by the Saharan sun, set to help renewables provide almost half the country’s energy by 2020. A first gigantic step for this country toward renewable energy.

The Moroccan city of Ouarzazate is used to big productions. On the edge of the Sahara desert and the centre of the north African country’s “Ouallywood” film industry it has played host to big-budget location shots in Lawrence of Arabia, The Mummy, The Living Daylights and even Game of Thrones.

“Over four hundred and fifty hectares, five hundred thousand twelve metres high curved mirrors were planted, which  during all day follow the sun and its rays, just as sunflowers look at the sun all day long.” said Morocco weekly newspaper. Tequel.
About $9bn has been invested in the Noor complex, much of it from international institutions such as the European Investment Bank and World Bank and backed by Moroccan government guarantees. Undisclosed energy subsidies from Morocco’s unelected ruler, King Mohammed VI, have prevented the cost from being transferred to energy consumers.