Desertec to break ground at Moroccan CSP plant in 2012

The Desertec Industrial Initiative (DII) will break ground next year at the first phase of a Moroccan solar-thermal project, and will also pursue projects in Tunisia and Algeria in the medium term, according to senior figures within the group.

Last year DII confirmed its intention to build its first project in Morocco, which has no indigenous fossil-fuel resources and is rolling forward its own plan to install 2GW of concentrating solar power (CSP) capacity by 2020.

DII now says the Moroccan project will start with a 150MW first phase before being expanded to 500MW, with construction to commence in 2012, as reported in the German press.

The first phase is expected to cost €600m ($822m) – or €4m per installed MW – and will take two to four Log in to read complete article.

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