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U.N. chief welcomes announcements made in Climate Summit

U.N. chief welcomes announcements made in Climate Summit

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed bold new actions to addres...

Climate Summit sees intiatives and commitments

Climate Summit sees intiatives and commitments

Various bodies and entities on the Climate Summit in New York have announced the...

Climate Rally reaches 310,000 participants

Climate Rally reaches 310,000 participants

The number of people who joined the People’s Climate March this September 21 rea...

China takes big step in reducing ozone depleting gases

China takes big step in reducing ozone depleting gases

China has taken a big step towards reducing its hydrochlorfluorocarbons by closi...

Ozone layer on road to recovery – U.N.E.P., W.M.O.

Ozone layer on road to recovery – U.N.E.P., W.M.O.

The ozone layer is on the road to recovery, but unified action is still needed t...

Green vacation: Go on an eco-friendly safari

Green vacation: Go on an eco-friendly safari

The primary goal of modern-day eco-friendly African safaris is to lessen the ove...

Nepal, the Maldives, and Bhutan could lose around 2 percent G.D.P. due to climate change – A.D.B. report

Nepal, the Maldives, and Bhutan could lose around 2 percent G.D.P. due to climate change – A.D.B. report

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Technology

New oxygen-removing catalyst developed for better biofuel production

New oxygen-removing catalyst developed for better biofuel production

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Researchers from Washington State University have developed a new catalyst that can remove oxygen from plant-based materials for a more efficient biof...

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Politics

New Yorkers support renewables, opposes fracking – N.R.D.C. poll

New Yorkers support renewables, opposes fracking – N.R.D.C. poll

Sunday, 12 October 2014

A state-wide poll commissioned for the Natural Resources Defense Council reveals that New Yorkers oppose fracking and support clean, renewable energy....

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Living Green

Why saving chinchillas is important for saving the earth

Why saving chinchillas is important for saving the earth

Friday, 24 October 2014

Chinchillas make expensive pets and they are a long time commitment as well. They have a life span of around 15 to 20 years. Hence, people who adopt t...

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Renewables

World’s largest convention center solar array completed in Las Vegas

World’s largest convention center solar array completed in Las Vegas

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

The world’s largest rooftop solar array on a convention center has been completed at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. NRG Energy, Inc....

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Low-Carbon

What needs to be injected In the core DNA of urbanity

What needs to be injected In the core DNA of urbanity

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Urbanization has taken an unprecedented upward turn in recent years. In 2007, half of the world’s population – around 3.6 billion people – lived in ur...

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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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