As of: January 2018
Solar Power Plant Ouarzazate Morocco
Objective and activities
The project provides financing for the construction of the first, 160 MW strong power plant within the Ouarzazate solar complex. The solar complex consists of one photovoltaic and three solar thermal power plants with a combined power of 580 MW, and is the largest solar power plant currently under construction. It contributes to the implementation of the Moroccan solar plan as well as the Union for the Mediterranean’s (UfM) solar plan.
The plant aims to generate power in an efficient, socially responsible and environmentally sound manner, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions and supporting Morocco’s efforts to mitigate climate change. It aims to generate 370 gigawatts of electricity and reduce CO2 emissions by 230,000 tonnes annually.
Through the use of parabolilc trough and salt storage technologies the project moreover encourages the commercial launch of a more forward-looking technology for the protection of the global climate.
State of implementation/results
- The solar plant NOORo I was inaugurated on 4th February 2016 in the presence of King Mohammed VI.
- The technical start-up took place in January 2016.
- In its first operative year the plant produced 400 Gwh electricity which led to a net saving of 209,174 tonnes CO2eq.