The Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy has announced that the consortium of EDF, Masdar and Green of Africa, Moroccan Independent Power Producer, is the successful bidder for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of Noor Midelt I multi-technologies solar power plant.
With a capacity of 800MW, this innovative hybrid solar project gathers concentrated solar power and photovoltaic technologies. The hybridization of these technologies is a world first. The combined operation of photovoltaic and CSP technologies increases the plant's output to produce a flexible, dispatchable and competitive electricity for the Moroccan grid until five hours after sunset.
The plant will be located 20km north of the town of Midelt in central Morocco, in the high plains surrounding the Moulouya River and between the Middle and High Atlas Mountains. Construction on the project is expected to begin in the last quarter of 2019, while energy will be delivered to the grid in 2022.
"EDF Renewables, Masdar and Green of Africa would like to thank the Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy and the King of Morocco for having designated our consortium as the successful bidder to develop the innovative NoorMidelt I with an installed capacity of 800MW hybrid concentrated solar power and photovoltaic power plant. The consortium is fully committed to supporting MASEN and the realization of Morocco's long-term renewable energy ambitions," the consortium members said.
The project is a key milestone towards the achievement of Morocco's objective to have 52% of its electricity generation produced from renewable sources by 2030.