READ In the presence of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, the complex solar Noor, located in Ghessate, in the province of ouarzazate, was inaugurated on Friday 17th May. The ceremony marked the beginning of 28 months of work on the largest solar thermal plant in the world.
The solar energy industry continues to grow in Morocco, a large programme launched in 2010 that is scheduled for completion in 2020, will enable the Kingdom to benefit from an additional 2,000 MW. A major project that spans five sites; Ouarzazate, Ain Bni Mathar, Foum Al Oued, Boujdour and Sebkhat Tah. The name Noor (meaning light in Arabic) is a project that is set to become the largest plant with an overall capacity of 500 MW.
Three Objectioves for Noor
Mustapha Bakkoury, CEO of The Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy (MASEN), stressed in his speech that this project has allowed the country to have promising prospects. The president detailed the three objectives of the Noor complex. The first is to produce sufficient power pourles that Morocco needs while reducing costs and integrating an ecological factor. The second is to promote industrial integration with an approach based on the implementation of sectoral forecasts approach. In another term the aim is to develop local resources, moreover, Mr.Bakkoury has added that 30% of the cost for this station was achieved by local actors. Finally the third objective is to contribute to the development of the region of Ouarzazate.
This project is all the more crucial that Moroccan households consume more electricity, its inauguration therefore marks an important step forward for the renewable energy sector in Morocco.
Text Julien Antinoff
Translation Karen Athwal