Noor — solar power complex (PV, CSP) — Morocco, 2020

May 21, 2019 – Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (MASEN) has chosen a consortium of companies led by France’s EDF Renewable Energy as the winner of an auction for the 800 MW Noor Midelt I project, the first phase of its new multi-technology (PV+CSP) solar facility in Midelt, north-eastern Morocco.

 CSP plant Noor Ouarzazate III

Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (MASEN) and ONEE, the central players of the renewable energy market in Morocco, supports the development of an integrated and competitive solar ecosystem, activated by the deployment of the Noor photovoltaic (PV) and concentrated solar power (CSP) plants throughout the kingdom.

Noor multi-site and multi-technology solar power plants are expected to produce a minimum capacity of 2,000 MW by 2020.

Noor Ouarzazate (PV + CSP)

Noor Ouarzazate is a complex of concentrated solar power (CSP) and photovoltaic (PV) solar power plants near the city of Ouarzazate in southern Morocco.

Noor Ouarzazate I – CSP – 160 MW, 2015

A concentrated solar power (CSP) plant with a capacity of 160 MW, based on parabolic trough collectors (PTC) SENERtrough. The facility was constructed by a consortium of companies led by Spain’s engineering group Sener. Launched in 2015.

Noor Ouarzazate parabolic trough collectors

Noor Ouarzazate II – CSP – 200 MW, 2017

A concentrated solar power (CSP) plant with a capacity of 200 MW, based on parabolic trough collectors (PTC) SENERtrough. The facility was constructed by a consortium of companies led by Spain’s engineering group Sener. Launched in 2017.

Noor Ouarzazate III – CSP – 150 MW, 2017

A concentrated solar power (CSP) plant with a capacity of 150 MW and a storage capacity of 7.5 hours, based on the tower receiver technology. The facility was constructed by a consortium of companies led by Spain’s engineering group Sener. Launched in 2017.

Noor Ouarzazate IV – PV – 70 MW

The fourth stage of the Noor Ouarzazate complex, with a capacity of 70 MW, is a part of the Noor PV I Program that is is implemented by a consortium led by ACWA Power.

Noor Ouarzazate II construction

Noor Midelt – (PV + CSP) – 800 MW

A complex of photovoltaic (PV) and thermal solar power (CSP) plants Noor Midelt is to be built near the town of Midelt in northeastern Morocco. Noor Midelt I will have an installed power of 800 MW and a storage capacity of five hours.

In May 2019, a consortium of France’s EDF Renewable Energy, UAE’s Masdar and Morocco’s Green of Africa won an auction for the first stage of the project.

Noor Midelt I-related investment is close to 7.57 bln dirhams (USD790 mln). The project is expected to receive funding from a pool of financial institutions including: KfW, the European Investment Bank, the French Development Agency, the European Commission, the World Bank, the African Development Bank and the Clean Technology Fund.

Construction work on the plant is set to begin in autumn 2019. Preliminary infrastructure work for the Noor Midelt complex has almost been completed.

Noor PV I Program – 170 MW

The 170 MW Noor PV I Program comprises Noor Ouarzazate IV, with a capacity of 70 MW, located in the Noor Ouarzazate complex, Noor Laayoune, with a capacity of 80 MW and Noor Boujdour, with a capacity of 20 MW. The program is implemented by a consortium led by ACWA Power.

Noor PV II Program

The Noor PV II Program will include plants in several locations. Morocco may issue domestic or international bonds to fund the project, expected to be completed by the end of 2020. In April 2018, a representative of MASEN said that debut auction for the Noor PV II project will be announced in “a few months.”

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