Morocco Intensifies Its Production Ability In Solar Energy

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As the government policy causes the enhancement of solar energy activity in the country, Morocco Intensifies Its Production Ability In Solar EnergyMorocco has continuously boosted its production capacity on a high speed.
According to a London based business intelligence firm Oxford Business Group (OBG), the strategy that Morocco has adopted causes the production of solar energy to increase its capacity.
The Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy (Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy, Masen) announced in August the launch of tenders for two thermo-solar power plants in the fourth quarter of 2013, recalls the OBG, stating that these new facilities, with a capacity of 300 MW will be added to the solar park with a capacity of 150 MW, located in the city of Ouarzazate in the south.
OBG added that the station Ouarzazate is the first major project to have emerged in the Moroccan Solar Plan, which plans to install a capacity of 2000 MW by 2020 through the construction of five plants solar across the country.
The heightening is part of a larger process of the Moroccan government, which seeks to increase the share of national electricity produced from renewable energy sources, including solar and wind, and passing it to 40% by 2020, according to OBG experts.
The creation of Morocco’s Masen and the National Agency for the development of renewable energies reflects the importance attached by the Government to renewable energy, OBG analysts explain.
Both tenders will increase the capacity of solar thermal power station in Ouarzazate, which is expected to increase to 450 MW output, that is to say, not far from the ultimate goal of 500 MW, says British business intelligence firm.
A central, Noor 2 will have a capacity of 200 MW based on the technology of parabolic mirror, while the second plant, Noor 3 should have a minimum capacity of 100 MW generated by a solar power tower . Both units can store electricity for up to three hours.
Like the first central Ouarzazate, future solar energy projects follow the model of independent power producer that supports the design, financing, construction and operation of these plants, the precise ‘OBG recalling that the work of the first thermo-solar power Noor 1, Ouarzazate, began in May 2013 and should be completed in 2015.
The realization of all these solar energy projects should allow Morocco to reduce the cost of imported energy, save 1 million tonnes of oil equivalent and prevent the emission of 3.7 million tons of CO2 per year, experts said the OBG.