Morocco is set to launch 2 solar plants near the southern city of Ouarzazate. One will produce 200MW and the other 100MW.
Morocco’s solar agency working alongside its authorities has decided to move on with constructing a parabolic mirror technology for the 200MW concentrated solar plant, whilst the 100MW tower will be built as a solar power tower. Morocco’s power production is spent on heavily with intentions of it being subsidized. Due to its consumption of power growing at around 7 percent per year it imports power from Spain to meet its needs. Banking sources say financial funds will be put towards the solar plant project thanks to the World Banks’ Clean Technology Fund, The European Investment Bank and the German state-owned KfW Bank. Japan has also generously donated 7.4 million dollars in order for this project to commence.
“The capacity…will depend on the contractors, who could bid for more than the announced capacity, especially with the 100MW tower which could reach 200m, the highest tower ever seen in Morocco.
Saudi Arabia’s Acwa Power is currently building a 160MW plant in Ouarzazate with intentions of producing 2GW of solar power by 2020.This is equivalent to about 38% of Morocco’s current installed generation capacity.
A 10 solar photovoltaic plant will be built around the country by state power utility ONEE, in order to generate 30MW with hopes of stabilizing electricity networks due to an increase of demand. A 318MW coal-fired plant will be built in Morocco by a Chinese firm, Sepco III. They seek to vary production and export energy to Europe, where the needs of energy is at a high demand.
With new solar plants emerging in Morocco many benefits will arise, such as the availability of labor. Not only is Morocco seen for its tourism and trade of goods, but it now has a new face and will be considered as an environmental hub, where clean and sustainable energy will be appreciated, inspiring other African nations to take action.
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