Paddy just keeps popping up everywhere. See this post which should take you to other posts, or simply search "Paddy" on the blog.
Now, on to Morocco.
From lifegate, some data points:
- Paddy Padmanathan of Saudi-owned ACWA Power is running this solar energy project
- will supply energy to one million people/20 hours/day (1 million / 35 million = 3% of the population)
- $9 billion
- 1 million beneficiaries over 15 years = $600/year
- average annual consumption, Morocco, one of the poorest countries in the world: about $1,000/year;
- size: 35 soccer fields; will cover a surface area of Morocco's' capital, Rabat; single-use industry
- first phase: Noor 1 should be on line
- Noor 2 and 3 plants: were expected to go live in 2017
- 580 MW of electricity
- cost: a cool $9 billion
- $9 billion / 580 MW = $16 million / MW -- this is so far out of line with US project costs, one wonders if there is an error somewhere (my math?)
- will reduce 17.5 million tonnes of CO2 over 25 years (0.75 million tonnes of CO2/year)
So, What's A Million Metric Tonnes Of CO2
How much is 4.6 million metric tons of CO2? According to the EPA, that’s the same as the annual energy use of 422,542 homes. It’s the same as the annual ghg emissions of 850,501 passenger vehicles.Homes:
- so, 1 million metric tonnes of CO2, I assume is equal to about what 100,000 homes generate, I suppose.
- and, 0.75 million tonnes of CO2, about 70,00 homes?
- population of Morocco, about 35 million. Eight people per home = 4.4 million homes
- 100,000 / 4.4 million homes = about 2%
- 4.6 million tonnes for 850,501 vehicles or about 185,000 vehicles / 1 million tonnes
- from google: A typical passenger vehicle emits about 4.7 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year. This assumes the average gasoline vehicle on the road today has a fuel economy of about 21.6 miles per gallon and drives around 11,400 miles per year
- how many cars in Morocco: about 3 million, I suppose
- 185,000 / 3 million = about 6%
Other data points:
- China: 7.55 metric tons/capita/year
- Morocco: 1.73 metric tons/capita/year