Morocco Announces New 800MW Combined CSP Solar PV plant

  • The Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (MASEN) announced yesterday that a consortium led by French EDF Renewables has been awarded a tender to construct an 800MW combined CSP and Solar PV plant in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains.
  • UAE’s Masdar and Morocco’s Green Energy of Africa makes up the balance of the consortium.
  • The project is said to be worth US 781.5 million

The Noor Midelt 1 is the first phase of a larger project in the Atlas Mountains region of Morocco in line with the country’s goals to achieve 52 percent of renewable energy in the national energy mix by 2030.

The project will be made up of a hybrid system using concentrated solar plant (CSP) and photovoltaic (PV) technologies. The project is funded by European Investment Bank, the French Development Agency, the European Commission, the World Bank, the African Development Fund and the Clean Technology Fund.

The new plant follows the ongoing success of the 580 MW Noor Ouarzazate CSP/solar PV plant in South-eastern Morocco. Read more

The news follows MASEN’s announcement made in March for the repowering of the Koudia Al Baida Wind Park.  Read more

Morroco has also recently announced that it plans to interconnect with Spain and Portugal. Read more

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