Called one of the most ambitious renewable energy programs by the World Bank, the Ouarzazate solar plant in Morocco will soon start generating electricity. This plant forms part of a larger energy program that aims to have 2 GW of solar power generation capacity by 2020.

The project was started to lessen the country’s dependency on imported energy. According to the World Bank, Morocco imports 97 per cent of its energy. The Ouarzazate solar plant will reduce the country’s oil dependence by 2,5 million tons. “The project underlines the country’s determination to reduce dependence on fossil fuels, turn to increased use of renewable energy, and move towards a low carbon development strategy,” the World Bank writes.

The entire Noor-Ouarzazate solar complex expects to generate 500 MW by 2018, which will supply more than 1 million people with power.

Watch the video above for more information about the Ouarzazate solar plant.

Source, image and video credit: The World Bank