Noor III Solar Power Plant, Noor Ouarzazate, Morocco

Last Modified: Sat Sep 30 2017 17:52:59 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 150 MW
    installed capacity of the Noor III power plant which is located near the town of Ouarzazate, on the edge of the Sahara. It is part of a 4 unit complex of solar CSP and PV technology.
  • 500 GWh
    electricity generated by the plant annually.
  • 135,000
    approximate number of households that can be powered by the plant each year.
  • 240,000 tonnes
    estimated reduction in CO2 emissions each year, once the farm is operational.
  • 480 hectares
    area on which the Noor I complex is built - large enough to be seen from space. [In the photo: The Noor I power plant as seen from space. In the lower left, you can see the Moroccan town of Ouarzazate; in the lower right is the reservoir that is supplying the plant with water.]
  • 500,000
    crescent-shaped solar mirrors arranged in 800 rows follow the sun as it tracks across the heavens, whirring quietly every few minutes.
  • 3
    major organisations involved: 1) Project owner and developer: MASEN 2) EPC contractor: SENER,ACCIONA and TSK 3) Power distribution: ?.
  • 7 billion
    Moroccon dirhams (700 million USD) investment required for Noor I.
  • 04 Feb 2016
    Morocco officially turned on a massive solar power plant in the Sahara Desert today, kicking off the first phase of a planned project to provide renewable energy to more than a million Moroccans.