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Hong Kong’s policy on environment-friendly commercial vehicles to tighten

Hong Kong’s policy on environment-friendly commercial vehicles to tighten

Hong Kong’s Environmental Protection Department will be tightening its qualifyin...

Philippines’ new wind farms add 303 MW to country’s power supply

Philippines’ new wind farms add 303 MW to country’s power supply

Two new wind farms in the Philippines have added 303 megawatts of clean energy t...

Geneva talks require “business unusual” approach – W.W.F.

Geneva talks require “business unusual” approach – W.W.F.

A “business unusual” approach is needed in the Geneva Talks to successfully deli...

New battery uses old batteries for greener energy storage

New battery uses old batteries for greener energy storage

Energizer has developed the world’s first high-performance battery made with rec...

Global warming to bring more devastating weather patterns

Global warming to bring more devastating weather patterns

The United Nations World Meteorological Organization confirmed that global warmi...

Jamaica to get 36.3 MW wind farm by 2016

Jamaica to get 36.3 MW wind farm by 2016

A 36.3 megawatt wind farm in Jamaica has received $62.7 million in funding from ...

A.D.B. provides Thailand with $85 million to develop wind power plant

A.D.B. provides Thailand with $85 million to develop wind power plant

The Asian Development Bank will be providing a company in Thailand loans to deve...

Business

Georgia taking leadership role in developing solar power

Georgia taking leadership role in developing solar power

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

The state of Georgia is emerging as a leader among the 50 states in promoting and implementing the use of solar energy, in part because of both busine...

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Technology

Penn State develops CPV system for rooftops

Penn State develops CPV system for rooftops

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Researchers at Penn State have developed a concentrating photovoltaic system that is small enough and light enough to be mounted on a building’s roof....

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Politics

New draft text for climate agreement in Geneva reached

New draft text for climate agreement in Geneva reached

Monday, 16 February 2015

A new climate change draft text has been reached during the one-week United Nations-facilitated Geneva talks, leading to a binding treaty that is expe...

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Living Green

Wall-to-floor eco-friendly interior design

Wall-to-floor eco-friendly interior design

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

The materials you surround yourself with—from flooring and window coverings to furniture and accessories—have a great impact on the health of your hom...

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Renewables

Vestas supplies Poland, U.K. with turbines

Vestas supplies Poland, U.K. with turbines

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Wind turbine manufacturer Vestas has announced that they have secured orders this week for two projects in Poland and the United Kingdom. The orders c...

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Low-Carbon

PG&E plans ambitious E.V. charger roll-out in California

PG&E plans ambitious E.V. charger roll-out in California

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

An estimated 25,000 electric vehicle chargers could be deployed in California by Pacific Gas and Electric Company. PG&E is seeking permission from Cal...

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Opinion

Unsustainable urban life: What's next?

Unsustainable urban life: What's next?

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Nutrition plays a critical role in everyone’s chance at a better future. Hunger, said Benjamin Franklin once, is the best pickle. Some say “pickle”...

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Morocco capitalizes on sunshine to generate 2 gigawatts of power


Average sunshine in Morocco is over 3,000 hours per year
or over 8 hours a day. Above is the city of Marrakech.

Moroccan officials presented on Monday what would be among the world’s largest solar energy projects – a staggering 2,000 megawatts of solar generation capacity estimated to cost around 70 billion Moroccan dirhams or $9 billion.

The plan, formally presented to Moroccan King Mohamed VI, will erect solar in five sites within the north African country by the year 2020.

Broad strokes for the massive plan were made by Amina Benkhadra, Moroccan energy minister, in a project presentation ceremony in Ouarzazate, the capital of Ouarzazate province, one of the five solar development sites.

According to the National Electricity Utility, the project might use photovoltaic and solar thermal technologies that will cover 10,000 hectares in Ouarzazate, Ain Bni Mathar, Foum Al Oued, Boujdour and Sebkhat Tah.

The first plant will be commissioned on 2015, and the entire project in 2019. Once completed, the solar project alone will provide 18 percent of Morocco’s annual electricity generation.

The government has set up the Morrocan Agency for Solar Energy to lead the project, which will be a public-private venture.

The agency’s founding shareholders include the ministries of economy and finance, and of energy, mines, water and environment; the National Elecricity Utility, the Hassan II Fund for Economic and Social Development and the Energy Investment Company. They have signed a formal agreement for the project.

The agency will study different aspects of the program before assigning projects to investors that will undergo a competitive selection process.

Pre-qualification of candidates will start in June 2010, with request for proposals to be launched the following September.

Morocco currently sources 65 percent of its energy from fossil fuels, more than half of this from coal. It is said to be the only country in North Africa that does not produce its own oil.

But average sunshine on the country is over 3,000 hours per year or over 8 hours a day.

The national utility said by 2020, renewable energy will represent 42 percent of its total electric installed capacity.

The Moroccan king has reportedly issued a new energy strategy which considers the development of renewable energies as a priority for sustainable development.





-   Eric Dorente




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