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Noor Concentrated Solar Power Plant in Morocco

Created Jan 08 2019, 12:39 PM by Johannes Peter Zimmermann


The Noor Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) complex is Morocco’s first utility-scale solar energy complex and serves as a critical step of the Moroccan Solar Energy Program. It will be operated as a public-private partnership (PPP.) The private partner is the International Company for Water and Power Projects.


Expected impacts

  • The plant will reduce carbon emissions by 760,000 tons per year, which could result in an estimated reduction of over 17.5 million tons of carbon emissions over 25 years.
  • The share of renewable energy in total electricity generation is expected to increase from 4,345 GWh (13%) in 2013 to a target of 5,501 GWh (42%) by 2020.
  • Energy dependency should be reduced through additional electricity production from the 160 MW Noor I and the 350 MW Noor II and III in 2018.
  • Reaching Morocco’s true energy efficiency potential will prospectively pave the way for economic growth and ultimately generate employment.