Construction for the first phase of Morocco’s Noor 1 power plant is nearing completion. Once complete in 2020, the solar farm will be the largest of its kind in the world.
But even now, the plant’s half-million solar mirrors are already visible from space.
And where better to put these plants than in the desert—areas that feature plenty of sunshine and vast expanses of land that are otherwise useless and inhospitable.
Morocco’s up-and-coming Noor 1 CSP plant is a prime example. The first phase of this concentrated solar power plant, which is being built in the Sahara Desert near the town of Ouarzazate, is almost finished.
The plant is scheduled to be switched on later this year, at which time it will boast a power-generating capacity of 160 megawatts.
Once the entire plant is built, it will be capable of producing 580 megawatts making it the largest solar concentrated solar power plant in the world.
Once complete, it will cover an area of 2,500 hectares, or 6,178 acres.
Sun Gods and Sun GoddessesIs it any wonder ancients worshiped the Sun?
In ancient cultures, where you find gods with specialized functions, you'll probably find a sun god or goddess.
Many are humanoid and ride or drive a vessel of sort across the sky. It may be a boat, a chariot, or a cup.
The sun god of the Greeks and Romans rode in a 4-horse (Pyrios, Aeos, Aethon, and Phlegon) chariot.
There may be more than one god of the sun. The Egyptians differentiated among the aspects of the sun, and had several gods associated with it: Khepri for the rising sun, Atum, the setting, and Ra, at noon, who rode across the sky in a solar bark.
The Greeks and Romans also had more than one sun god.
Is it any wonder ancients worshiped the Sun?
Name Nationality/Religion God or Goddess or ?
Amaterasu Japan Sun Goddess
Arinna (Hebat) Hittite (Syrian) Sun Goddess
Apollo Greece and Rome Sun God
Freyr Norse Sun God Not the main Norse sun god, but a fertility god associated with the sun.
Garuda Hindu Bird God
Hepa Hittite Sun Goddess The consort of a weather god, she was assimilated with the sun goddess
Arinna.Huitzilopochtli (Uitzilopochtli) Aztec Sun God
Hvar Khshaita Iranian/Persian Sun God Earlier than Mithras.
Inti Inca Sun God
Liza West African Sun God
Lugh Celtic Sun God
MithrasIranian/Persian Sun God"Mit(h)ra(s) and the Myths of the Sun" David H. Sick. Numen (2004)
Re (Ra) Egypt Mid-day Sun God An Egyptian god shown with a solar disk. Center of worship was Heliopolis. Later associated with Horus as Re-Horakhty. Also combined with Amun as Amun-Ra, a solar creator god.
Shemesh/Shepesh Ugarit Sun goddess
Sol (Sunna)Norse Sun Goddess She rides in a horse-drawn solar chariot.
Sol Invictus Roman Sun God
The unconquered sun. A late Roman sun god. The title was also used of Mithras
Surya Hindu Sun God Rides the sky in a horse-drawn chariot.
Tonatiuh Aztec Sun God