Morocco – Moroccan state-owned utility Office National de l’Electricité (ONE) has commenced a pre-qualification process to choose EPC contractors for some 200MW solar projects.
The Noor Atlas solar projects backed by the German development bank KfW will see seven solar PV plants being set up in the south and east of the country.
KfW will together with the European Development Bank fund the projects to the tune of €130 million. The French Development Agency, AFD, the African Development Bank, AfDB and the SFI unit of the World Bank are also expected to provide some funding to the projects.
Two tenders have actually been issued for the Noor Atlas solar projects. One is for construction of five solar plants in eastern Morocco while the other is for two plants in the south. The seven solar plants will range in size from 20 to 30MW.
Morocco started plans for the Noor Atlas solar projects in 2015 when the country decided to add 2GW of solar and wind power to its energy mix by 2020.
With its solar projects being spearheaded by the Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy, the country intends to increase the share of renewables in its installed power generation capacity to 42% by 2020, and to 52% by 2030.
Besides the Noor Atlas projects Morocco has other solar projects still under development and construction. These include the 170 MW NOOR PV I project, the solar PV portion and fourth phase of the 580MW Ouarzazate Solar Power Station, a CSP-PV solar complex in the Drâa-Tafilalet region of central Morocco. Other solar projects are the 120MW Noor Tafilalet solar plant, the 200MW Noor Argana project and the 800MW Midelt project.