Status: Announced

Size: 500MW

Work will begin next year on the first phase of the 500MW Desertec concentrated solar power (CSP) plant in Morocco. The initial development stage will cost around €600 million and add 150MW of capacity to the 12km2 site – which is likely to be situated close to the desert city of Ouarzazate. Total investment in the Desertec Industrial Initiative (DII), which is a joint venture between 12 predominantly German developers, is estimated at €2 billion and it could come online as early as 2014. The CSP plant will be one of the largest in the world when completed, and further details regarding its location, financing and technology are due to be released in early 2012.