A consortium led by French firm EDF has won a contract to build an 800-MW solar power plant in Morocco. According to the contract signed with the Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy, the plant will be located in the Atlas Mountains.
The plant called Noor Midelt 1, is the first phase of a very ambitious solar project that will be implemented in the region. It will produce energy through combined concentrated solar (CSP) and photovoltaic technologies. Its construction is scheduled to cost 7.57 billion dirhams ($781.5 million). The work will be conducted in partnership with Emirati Masdar and Morocco's Green Energy of Africa.
The financing of the plant will be supported by the European Investment Bank, the French Development Agency, the European Commission, the World Bank, the African Development Fund and the Clean Technology Fund.
The plant, upon completion, will become the largest using concentrated solar technology in the country. Currently, this record is held by the Ouarzazate solar power station, which has a capacity of 580 MW.