Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy

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Limited company
IndustryRenewable energy
Key people
Mustapha Bakkoury (CEO)
Obaid Amrane ( Member of the board )
ProductsNoor Ouarzazate I
Noor Ouarzazate II
Noor Ouarzazate III
Noor Ouarzazate IV
Noor Laayoune
Noor Boujdour
OwnerMoroccan State represented by Mohamed Benchaâboun, Minister of Economy and Finances
The Hassan II Fundsrepresented by Abdelouahed Kabbaj, as its president
ONEE represented by Abderrahim EL HAFIDI, as the Executive Director
Abdelouafi Laftit, Interior Minister
Saaïd Amzazi, Minister of the National Education, the Vocational Training, the Higher Education and the Scientific Research
Moulay Hafid Elalamy, Minister of Investment, Trade and the Digital Economy
Aziz Rabbah, Minister of Energy, Mines and Sustainable Development
Lahcen Daoudi, Minister Delegate to the Head of Government in charge of General Affairs and Governance
Mustapha Bakkoury, Chief Executive Officer
The Direction of Public Compagnies and Privatisation of the Economy and Finances Ministry (DEPP)
SubsidiariesMasen Services
Masen Capital
Cluster solaire

Masen, the Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy, is a privately owned Moroccan company with public funding. It was created in 2010[1] to lead the Moroccan solar project to generate electricity from solar power[2] by installing a minimum capacity of 2,000 MW by 2020[3] · [4] (the Noor Plan).

In 2016, Masen became the Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy. Its remit was extended to all renewable energy sources (chiefly solar, wind and hydropower) and its goal is to achieve a minimum installed capacity of 3,000 MW by 2020 and 6,000 MW by 2030.[5]

Masen develops integrated energy projects (renewables installations) under an agreement between the Moroccan state and Masen.[1]

Deployment of the Noor project[edit]

The Noor plan, led by Masen, aims to develop a minimum capacity of 2,000 MW of solar power by 2020 (equivalent to 14 per cent of Morocco's total installed electricity capacity by this date).[6]

This is expected to require more than 9 billion dollars of investment by 2020[7] and prevent the emission of 3.7 million tonnes of CO2.[8]

The Noor plan's first multi-technology megaproject, gathering four power plants with a total capacity of more than 580 MW,[9] is being rolled out in the region of Ouarzazate, a city in south-east Morocco:

  • Noor Ouarzazate I (160 MW): concentrating solar power plant with parabolic troughs. The project was inaugurated in February 2016 and is already operational[10]
  • Noor Ouarzazate II (200 MW): concentrating solar power plant with parabolic troughs. Work officially began in February 2016 and delivery is scheduled for late 2017.[3]
  • Noor Ouarzazate III (150 MW): concentrating solar power tower plant. Work officially began in February 2016 and delivery is scheduled for late 2018.[3]
  • Noor Ouarzazate IV (72 MW): photovoltaic solar power plant. A call for proposals was issued in 2015.[11]

Noor Ouarzazate is set to be the largest solar complex in the world.[12]

Further sites have been identified for integrated solar projects: Laâyoune, Boujdour, Midelt and Tafilalet[13]


Wind power[edit]

10 wind farms, including private projects, have been installed along Morocco's coastline and inland: Tarfaya,[14] Essaouira,[15] Laâyoun,[16] Tetouan,[17] Tangier,[17] Ksar Sghir (between Tangier and Tétouan),[18] Akhfennir,[19] Taza,[20] Midelt,[21] Oualidia (2 x 18 MW)[22] and Boujdour.[23]

The wind power strategy aims to develop 2,000 MW by 2020 and save 1.5 million toe a year, i.e. 5.6 million tonnes of CO2.[24]

By the end of 2016, installed wind capacity stood at 895 MW.[25]


Thanks to its damming policy, Morocco now has 148 dams all over the Kingdom.[26]

Current installed electrical power[27] is 1,770 MW and the aim is to increase this to 2,000 MW by 2020.

Other opportunities[edit]

Masen intends to develop other types of renewable energy if they prove relevant for Morocco.[28]


  1. ^ a b "BO 5822" (PDF).
  2. ^ "Plan solaire".
  3. ^ a b c "Programme marocain de l'énergie solaire".
  4. ^ "Plan solaire marocain".
  5. ^ "BO 6506" (PDF).
  6. ^ "L'énergie solaire au Maroc" (PDF).
  7. ^ "Solaire : le Maroc à la pointe".
  8. ^ "Objectif Climat" (PDF).
  9. ^ "Noor Ouarzazate: le plus grand complexe énergétique solaire au Monde".
  10. ^ "Au Maroc, le roi soleil".
  11. ^ "Maroc : Mohammed VI lance le quatrième et dernier volet du chantier de la station solaire Noor".
  12. ^ "Maroc : 5 chiffres pour saisir l'immensité de la centrale solaire Noor de Ouarzazate".
  13. ^ "Les énergies renouvelables au Maroc : Bilan et Perspectives" (PDF).
  14. ^ Parc éolien de Tarfaya
  15. ^ "Essaouira-Amogdoul (Morocco)".
  16. ^ "Parc éolien de Laâyoune".
  17. ^ a b "Parc éolien de Tétouan".
  18. ^ "A Ksar Sghir, le parc éolien de Haouma vend déjà ses Mégawatts".
  19. ^ "Parc éolien de Akhfenir".
  20. ^ "Parc éolien de Taza (Touahar)".
  21. ^ "BO 6544" (PDF).
  22. ^ "Plaquette InnoVent mars15 interactive" (PDF).
  23. ^ "Attractivité du Maroc" (PDF).
  24. ^ "Projet Marocain de L'energie Eolienne de 2000 MW".
  25. ^ "RP2016/Fevrier/RP19Fev16" (PDF).
  26. ^ Barrages du Maroc
  27. ^ "dkti Maroc" (PDF).
  28. ^ "Les travaux du complexe Noor IV de Ouarzazate démarrent".