The Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (Masen) has recently launched a call for projects for private companies for the implementation of Phase I of the Noor PV II multi-site solar programme in Morocco. This is the second and final stage of the selection process for private operators. Interested companies have until January 31st, 2021 to submit their proposals.
Phase I of the Noor PV II multi-site solar programme in Morocco is well underway. On December 31st, 2020, the Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (Masen) launched the second call for projects of this part of the programme, which will inject 400 MWp into Morocco’s national electricity grid.
Interested private companies have until January 31st, 2021 to apply. “In order to allow the different companies selected at the end of this competitive process to develop photovoltaic projects within the framework of Law 13-09, we will provide them with qualified and pre-equipped sites as well as access to the infrastructure for connection to the national electricity grid,” says Masen.
The public body has identified at least four sites for the implementation of phase I of the Noor PV II multi-site solar programme, including Sidi Bennour, Kelaa Sraghna, Taroudant, Bejaad, El Hajeb and Ain Beni Mathar. This initiative is part of the policy of the Cherifian kingdom to produce 3,000 MW of electricity from renewable sources in 10 years.
Also as part of the Noor programme, concentrated solar power plants will be built in Morocco, following the example of Noor Midelt I, the concession of which has been granted to a consortium made up of EDF Renouvelables, a subsidiary of Electricité de France (EDF), Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar), the Moroccan company Green of Africa and Masen. This concentrated solar power plant will have a capacity of 800 MW. The works, begun in 2019, should be completed by 2022.
The full implementation of the Noor programme will require an investment of €740 million in the project.