Solar power in Morocco

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Solar powered well in Rhamna, near Marrakech

Solar power in Morocco is enabled by one of the highest rates of solar insolation of any country — about 3,000 hours per year of sunshine but up to 3,600 hours in the desert. Morocco has launched one of the world’s largest solar energy projects costing an estimated $9 billion. The aim of the project is to create 2,000 megawatts of solar generation capacity by the year 2020.[1] Five solar power stations are to be constructed, including both photovoltaic and concentrated solar power technology. The Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy (MASEN), a public-private venture, has been established to lead the project. The first plant will be commissioned in 2015,[2] and the entire project in 2020. Once completed, the solar project will provide 38% of Morocco’s annual electricity generation.

Morocco, the only African country to have a power cable link to Europe, aims to benefit from the €400bn ($573.8bn) expected to come from the ambitious pan-continental Desertec Industrial Initiative.

Ouarzazate solar plant[edit]

The Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy invited expressions of interest in the design, construction, operation, maintenance and financing of the first of the five planned solar power stations, the 500-megawatt complex in the southern town of Ouarzazate, that includes both PV and CSP. A 160 MW first phase was awarded to a consortium, led by Saudi Arabia's ACWA Power, which will sell the electricity produced for $0.19/kW·h. The project is also co-financed by the World Bank and the European Investment Bank.[3] Construction officially began on 10 May 2013.[4] The 500MW project is divided among three projects: a 160MW concentrated solar power project, a 200MW parabolic mirror plant, and a 150MW solar trough plant.[5][6]

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  1. ^ AfDB helps fund $1.44bn Moroccan solar project
  2. ^ Morocco Building 500 MW Solar Power Project
  3. ^ Saudi-led consortium wins Morocco solar energy bid
  4. ^ "Morocco launches solar mega-project at Ouarzazate". phys.org. AFP. 10 May 2013. Archived from the original on 1 August 2014. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  5. ^ Construction begins on 160 MW CSP plant in Morocco, pv-magazine.com/news/details/beitrag/construction-begins-on-160-mw-csp-plant-in-morocco-_100011255/#axzz3OWLu4WTY
  6. ^ Saudi’s ACWA Power Wins 1.7bn Euro Morocco Solar Power Deal, Reuters, January 10, 2015

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