The Moroccan government has awarded seven concessions to independent power producers (IPPs) to develop 333MWp of solar photovoltaic capacity as part of the Noor PV II programme.
North Africa wants to catch up in terms of renewable energy production.
The concessions were awarded to five independent power producers (IPPs), with the French company, Voltalia, awarded the largest lots.
Its Moroccan subsidiary will build two solar power plants.
The largest, with a capacity of 69MWp, will be located in Ain Beni Mathar in the Oriental Region.
Voltalia, Morocco’s second solar power plant, with an expected capacity of 48MWp, will be built in the north-east of the Kingdom.
The Taqa Group is also doing well with two solar photovoltaic plants of 48MWp each.
Its subsidiary, Taqa Morocco, based in Casablanca, will build its facilities in Sidi Bennour in the Casablanca-Settat Region and Kelaa Sraghna in the Marrakech-Safi Region.
For its part, the Emirati IPP Amea Power will build two solar power plants of 36MWp each near the city of Taroudant in the region of Souss-Massa and El Hajeb, a municipality in the region of Fez-Meknes.
Enel Green Power, the subsidiary of the Italian giant, Enel, will build a 48MWp solar power plant in Bejaad in the province of Khouribga.
According to MASEN, these sites have been chosen based on several criteria including the suitability of solar photovoltaic technology, accessibility, topography and the socio-economic impact of the project on the territory of implementation.