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Abundant sunshine partially powers the Moroccan grid

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Solar panels of the Ain Beni Mathar power station are seen on May 31, 2011. The plant has a large array of 224 parabolic mirror collectors that concentrate solar energy. Two other plants with similar designs will soon be commissioned in Egypt and Algeria.

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A Moroccan engineer cycles past the solar panels on May 31.

The World Bank reports on its website:
The Concentrated Solar Power plant of Ain Beni Mathar is now supplying electricity to the Moroccan grid. Located in the East of Morocco near the Algerian border, it will provide numerous lessons for further diffusion of concentrated solar power technology.