Solar thermal power plant in Ouarzazate under Moroccan Solar Plan
As of: July 2020
Objective and activities
The project is financing the construction of a solar thermal power plant to support the Moroccan government as it implements its Solar Plan. Launched in 2009, the plan creates the framework for a series of major solar thermal power plant projects that will generate a total of 2,000 MW solar electricity by 2020. This will safeguard the country's energy supply while simultaneously avoiding the emission of up to 3.7 million tonnes of CO2 per annum. The Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy (MASEN) was founded as the executing agency for these projects. The new solar tower plant - called NOORo III - is being built at the Ouarzazate concentrated solar power (CSP) complex with a total capacity of at least 580 MW. It will have an installed capacity of 150 MW, and a storage capacity of seven or eigth full load hours. Thanks to IKI funding, the project is able to provide low-interest loans totalling EUR 324 million. The power plant is also receiving funding from other international donors.
New solar thermal power plant in Ouarzazate under Moroccan solar plan
State of implementation/results
- On February 4, 2016 and in the presence of King Mohammed VI of Morocco, the solar power plant NOORo I was successfully connected to the grid.
- The construction of NOORo III has started mid 2015 and was completed in 2018.
- A baseline study on the investment climate in Moroccan companies in the sector of renewable energies and energy efficiency was conducted.
- Training modules in the field of climate-friendly technologies were developed.