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Project Genesis is a strategic sustainable development framework for Morocco to translate from being a net importer of energy and a country facing water shortage issues, into the number one producer both of clean renewable energy and water in the region.

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A 900 mw stirling solar plant generates as much as a ?

Nuclear power plant//

The Shearon Harris nuclear power plant is a single Westinghouse designed pressurized-water nuclear reactor operated by Progress Energy. Located in New Hill, North Carolina, in the United States, about 20 miles (30 km) southwest of Raleigh, it generates 900 MWe, has a 523 foot (160 m) natural draft cooling tower, and uses Harris Lake for cooling. The reactor achieved criticality in January 1987 and began providing power commercially in May of that year.

Source : Wikipedia.

//Solaris would need 9 of theses in a phased approach. That would be the equivalent of 9 nuclear plants, without the inconvenients, plutonium etc. lets see :

The Shearon Harris site was originally designed for four reactors, but construction and budget issues resulted in three of the reactors being cancelled. The original budget estimated a cost of $1.1 billion for four reactors; the final cost of the single reactor that was constructed was nearly $4 billion.[1] However, in 2006, Progress Energy succeeded in their efforts to gain approval for two additional reactors (of the Westinghouse AP1000 design) at the Shearon Harris site.[1] Expansion of the plant will require raising the water level of Harris Lake by 20 feet,[2] decreasing the size of Wake County's largest park, with the Cape Fear River as a backup water source.

//Solaris plants would cost less, and consume no water.