OUARZAZATE, Morocco (AP) — Morocco's king is unveiling one of the world's biggest solar plants, taking advantage of the Sahara sunshine and a growing push for renewable energy.
King Mohammed VI is scheduled to inaugurate the $3.9-billion project Thursday in the southern town of Ouarzazate,
The plant, also known as Noor I, is the first phase of a project expected to provide 1.2 million Moroccans with power.
The Climate Investment Fund, a major funder of the project, says it will be the world's biggest concentrated solarplant, meaning it that will store power to generate when the sun isn't shining.
While it's aimed at reducing carbon emissions, environmental activists are concerned that it will require water from a nearby dam for cooling, at a time of ongoing drought.