In North Africa, the Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy has established a new international tender for a large-scale solar power project with a total installed capacity of 400MW.
The solar power project will include systems based on solar PV and solar thermal power generation technology, according to The North Africa Post.
Carbon emissions pledge increases
The success of the Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy (MASEN) project is set to boost Morocco’s solar base, and will also have considerable positive outcome on cutting the country’s carbon emissions as well as reducing its dependence on fossil fuels.
During the 2015 UN climate change conference in Paris, Morocco revealed that it has increased its pledge to reduce carbon emissions from 42% by 2020 to 52% by 2030. This is set to be achieved through the increased deployment of renewable resources.
Morocco is targeting to generate 1,000MW from wind energy between 2015 and 2025, and solar energy contributing a share of 1,100MW, while hydro power will supplement the energy mix with about 450MW.
MASEN postpones Noor 1 inauguration
In December 2015, without any formal clarification, MASEN postponed the much-anticipated opening of the Noor-1 concentrated solar power plant in Ouarzazate, AFP reported.
With the capacity to produce 160MW of electricity, Noor-1 forms part of the four phases of the concentrated solar power (CSP) plant, which on completion will have a combined capacity to produce 580MW.
According to its developers, on completion of all four phases of this concentrated solar power project, it is claimed to be the largest CSP production facility in the world, covering an area of 30 sq. km.
The project’s composite (with Noor-2 and Noor-3 scheduled for in 2016 and 2017 respectively) has been estimated to cut carbon emissions by 522,000 tons per year, while providing reliable electricity to businesses and households across Morocco.