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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 21 June 2018

Watch: World Bank on concentrated solar power jobs boom 

With nearly 10 million people working in renewables worldwide, Morocco - and soon Dubai - add thousands of jobs thanks to solar power that can be used at night.

Morocco’s Noor 3 concentrated solar power plant. LeAnne Graves / The National
Morocco’s Noor 3 concentrated solar power plant. LeAnne Graves / The National

With nearly 10 million people working in renewables worldwide, Morocco - and soon Dubai - add thousands of jobs thanks to solar power that can be used at night.

Concentrated solar power (CSP) has the ability to store energy to use when the sun isn’t shining. Morocco leads the region with its Ouarzazate solar complex, which will employee more than 1 million people upon completion next year.

The first three phases, totaling 510MW, are CSP.

This is the same technology that will be used in the fourth phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, which recently set a new world benchmark: night time solar power at 7.3 US cents per kilowatt hour.

Couple this with the low prices of solar photovoltaic, and this could introduce around the clock solar power at prices competing with fossil fuels.

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