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Morocco wind farm, Africa’s biggest, starts generating wind power

Africa’s largest wind farm, at Tarfaya in southwestern Morocco, has started generating electricity and will be capable of meeting the electricity needs of several hundred thousand people, officials say. Installed on 10,000 hectares (24,700 acres) along the wind-blown southern Atlantic coast, the 80-metre (260 feet) high turbines, 131 in all, will be fully operational in … Continue reading Morocco wind farm, Africa’s biggest, starts generating wind power

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Testing components for Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plants in Morocco and South Africa

The German Aerospace Center is testing the performance and durability of reflectors and receivers for concentrated solar power (CSP) plants in Ouarzazate, Morocco and in Bokpoort, South Africa. The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) is testing the performance and durability of reflectors and receivers for concentrated solar power (CSP) plants in … Continue reading Testing components for Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plants in Morocco and South Africa

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Morocco opens final tender on 850 MW wind farm

Morocco has opened a final tender for construction of five wind farms totaling 850 megawatts, worth an estimated $1.7 billion, for which five consortia have been pre-qualified, state-run power utility ONEE said. Groups led by Spain’s Acciona, France’s EDF, Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power, Morocco’s royal holding company Nareva, Britain’s International Power and Italy’s Enel won … Continue reading Morocco opens final tender on 850 MW wind farm

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Morocco to invest $11 billion in clean energy: wind power and solar energy

Morocco has announced plans to invest nearly $11 billion in solar and wind energy projects, aimed at turning the country into an exporter of alternative energy by 2020. In a statement to Al-Hayat, Moroccan sources declared that “electricity-generating solar and wind energy projects, implemented by Morocco in several regions in the east and south of the country, … Continue reading Morocco to invest $11 billion in clean energy: wind power and solar energy

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Strong Policy Framework Needed for Concentrated Solar Power (CSP)

Many developing countries with sun-baked deserts are investing in concentrated solar power, or CSP. While the climatic conditions are right for the technology, these countries face challenges in making CSP viable. These include financing and risk mitigation, reducing costs, and building local capacity, among others. A group of energy policymakers and practitioners from Morocco, Egypt, … Continue reading Strong Policy Framework Needed for Concentrated Solar Power (CSP)

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Morocco concentrated solar power (CSP) project gets 654 mln euro German loan

Morocco has secured a 654 million euro loan from German state-owned bank KFW to part-finance two concentrating solar power (CSP) plants totalling 300 megawatts worth an estimated 1.7 billion euros. Tenders for construction of the two solar thermal plants, one of 200 megawatts (MW) and the other of 100 MW, near the southern city of … Continue reading Morocco concentrated solar power (CSP) project gets 654 mln euro German loan

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Morocco set for new Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) tenders

Morocco plans to launch tenders by the end of next month for the construction of two concentrated solar power (CSP) plants of 200MW and 100 MW. Morocco’s Solar Energy Agency (Masen) has chosen parabolic mirror technology for the 200 MW concentrated solar plant, and the 100 MW plant will also be built as a solar … Continue reading Morocco set for new Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) tenders

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Mott MacDonald is providing technical advice for Tarfaya wind farm

Construction has started on a 300MW wind farm in Morocco which will be one of the largest in Africa. Mott MacDonald is providing technical advice to lenders during construction and operational phases. During the development phase of the wind farm, the consultancy provided contract, technical, environmental and social due diligence services. The project developer is … Continue reading Mott MacDonald is providing technical advice for Tarfaya wind farm

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Concentrated Solar Power, PV and wind energy could provide up to 5% of Morocco

Morocco offers ideal conditions for the emergence of a dynamic and competitive renewable energy industry. The Desertec Industrial Initiative (Dii) has released a new report which finds that the solar photovoltaic (PV) concentrating solar power (CSP) and wind energy industries could provide up to 5% of the total value of goods produced in 2030 in … Continue reading Concentrated Solar Power, PV and wind energy could provide up to 5% of Morocco

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A solar power research and test centre for Morocco

The German Aerospace Centre (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) is devising plans for a solar power research and test centre in Morocco on behalf of the Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy (Masen). The long-term objective for this new centre is the development of a competitive solar power industry in Morocco. The project is … Continue reading A solar power research and test centre for Morocco

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Morocco is ploughing ahead with a programme to boost wind energy production

Morocco is ploughing ahead with a programme to boost wind energy production, particularly in the southern Tarfaya region, where Africa’s largest wind farm is set to open in 2014. The kingdom, which has no hydrocarbon reserves of its own, hopes to cover 42 percent of its energy needs with renewable sources by 2020, and has … Continue reading Morocco is ploughing ahead with a programme to boost wind energy production

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Groundbreaking ceremony for Ouarzazate CSP plant in Morocco

Construction on Morocco’s 160 MW concentrated solar power (CSP) plant in Ouarzazate began on Friday with a symbolic groundbreaking ceremony by King Mohammed VI. Built by a consortium led by Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power, Ouarzazate 1 is set to go online in 2015. The German government has pledged €115 million in support for Morocco’s ambitious … Continue reading Groundbreaking ceremony for Ouarzazate CSP plant in Morocco

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Construction begins on 160 MW Concentrating Solar Power plant in Morocco

Built by a consortium led by Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power, Ouarzazate 1 is set to go online in 2015. The German government has pledged €115 million in support for Morocco’s ambitious project. A stalwart supporter of Morocco’s renewable energy and energy efficiency efforts for years, Germany has become Europe’s most significant partner in the building … Continue reading Construction begins on 160 MW Concentrating Solar Power plant in Morocco

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Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Solar Energy Market Outlook, 2013-2017

The report offers solar energy (PV and Concentrating Solar Power) project details for each market along with country-specific demand forecasts to 2017. The MENA region possesses the greatest technical potential for renewable energy in the world with much of this potential attributed to solar power. This potential is now starting to be more seriously considered, … Continue reading Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Solar Energy Market Outlook, 2013-2017

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French, Moroccan companies to build Africa’s largest wind farm

French utility giant GDF Suez and Morocco’s Nareva Holding will build and operate Africa’s largest wind farm in the Tarfaya desert area of southern Morocco, GDF said in a statement on Friday. A total of 400 million euros will be invested in this project, which is due to enter service at the end of 2013. … Continue reading French, Moroccan companies to build Africa’s largest wind farm

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GDF Suez to build and operate largest wind farm in Africa

GDF SUEZ is pleased to announce the construction of the 300MW Tarfaya wind farm in Morocco, which will be the largest wind project in Africa. The project is owned in partnership with Nareva Holding, a Moroccan energy company. GDF Suez SA, Europe’s biggest utility by market value, will develop Africa’s largest wind farm in Morocco … Continue reading GDF Suez to build and operate largest wind farm in Africa

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Second phase of Ouarzazate Concentrating Solar Power complex

Masen launches request for qualification process to select potential sponsors to develop the next Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) phase of the Ouarzazate solar power complex. The Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy (Masen) has announced on January, 23 the prequalification process for the second phase of the Ouarzazate CSP complex has kicked off. Masen is currently … Continue reading Second phase of Ouarzazate Concentrating Solar Power complex

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