The Noor Concentrated Solar Power Plant
“The Power of 10: Shaping the Future of Climate Action” will take place at the Noor Concentrated Solar Power complex in Ouarzazate, Morocco.
The Kingdom of Morocco has been providing strong leadership in the fight against climate change and has set ambitious targets of increasing its share of renewable energy to 42 percent by 2020 and 52 percent by 2030. To reduce fossil fuel dependence, Morocco launched the Moroccan Solar Plan in 2009, aiming to build 2,000 MW of solar capacity by 2020.
The Noor Complex is the largest concentrated solar power (CSP) plant in the world, covering an area nine times the size of Central Park.
Ouarzazate sits along the former caravan route for African traders entering Morocco and Europe. Also known as “the door of the desert”, the city is located in south-central Morocco, south of the High Atlas Mountains and only a stone’s throw from the Valley of the Draa River and the Sahara Desert. West of the city is the fortified village of Aït Benhaddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Ouarzazate is known for its many kasbahs and clay architecture. It is also a noted location for the film industry, with international studios having hosted productions such as Lawrence of Arabia, Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven and Game of Thrones.