Africa’s largest wind farm, the 301MW Tarfaya wind farm located in the southern Atlantic coast of Morocco started its full commercial operation on 8 December 2014.
Progressively, the project was brought in 50MW tranches from June 2014. It covers 131 wind turbines, each having a capacity of 2.3MW and an area of 8,900 hectares.
Off taking the wind farm is Morocco’s Office National de l’Electricite et de l’Eau Potable (ONEE) under a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA).
Currently, The Tarfaya wind farm is the largest wind farm in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region. The achievement of the project is another improvement to Morocco’s renewables program, which already supplies more than 2000MW.
ONEE is currently assessing BOOT bids for five more wind farms which records a total capacity of 850MW, and valued more than $1.5bn.
On the other hand, the bids for the second phase of the 200MW Noor concentrated solar project are currently under evaluation of the Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy (Masen).