The Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (MASEN) has opened a new tender (expiring on January 31, 2021) for six new solar energy projects with a cumulative capacity of 400 MW. According to the MASEN, the solar photovoltaic plants will be located across the country near Sidi Bennour, Kalaa Sraghna, Taroudant, Bejaad, El Hajeb and Ain Beni Mathar. The sites have been selected based on accessibility and the topographic advantages. According to the agency, many domestic and foreign developers have shown interest to develop these solar projects.
Morocco plans to development renewable energy projects, mainly solar thermal and photovoltaic and wind energy projects. To this end, several renewable energy projects are under construction. Recently in September 2020, GE Renewable Energy was selected by EDF Renewable Energy and Mitsui & Co., Ltd to supply 27 of its 3.2MW-85 onshore wind turbines to build the 87 MW Taza onshore wind farm in Morocco. The Taza project is expected to start operations at the beginning of 2022, powering the equivalent of 350,000 homes and saving up to 200,000 tons of CO2.
The project is part of the energy strategy of Morocco, which has a goal of producing 52 per cent of its installed electric power from renewable energies by 2030.