Morocco's Noor Ouarzazate Concentrated Solar Power Complex

Last Modified: Sun Mar 31 2019 21:07:15 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 2 GW
    of solar power by 2020 - goal of Morocco's Solar Energy Program.
  • 97%
    of Morocco's energy is dependent on foreign sources, making it the largest energy importer in the Middle East.
  • 582 MW
    installed capacity is expected from the four-plant Noor Ouarzazate CSP+PV complex. Concentrated Solar Power (CSP), when combined with thermal storage, holds vast potential due to its ability to provide reliable power even when the sun is not shining.
  • 1.1 million
    Moroccans will be supplied by the plant once it is fully operational in 2018. And the possibly of extra power to export to Europe.
  • 2.5 million tons
    of oil will not be required to be imported every year.
  • 760,000 tons
    reduction in carbon emissions per year.
  • $ 3 billion
    needed for the Noor Ouarzazate complex has been secured by the Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy, from the World Bank, the Climate Investment Funds’ Clean Technology Fund (CTF), the African Development Bank (AfDB), and European financing institutions.
  • 160 MW
    installed capacity of Power Plant I of the complex which became operational on 04 Feb 2016.
  • 200 MW
    planned installed capacity of Noor II which will be a parabolic trough CSP plant. The plant was commissioned in Jan 2018.
  • 150 MW
    planned installed capacity of Noor III which will be a tower CSP plant. The plant was commissioned in Mar 2018.
  • 72 MW
    planned installed capacity of Noor IV which will use solar PV technology.