The Noor Ouarzazate complex, one of the largest solar parks in the world, contributes to Africa’s energy transition, according to the African Development Bank (AfDB).
Such projects, which aim to supply Africa with energy while preserving the environment, help lay the foundations for more inclusive and greener growth on the continent, writes the AfDB on its official website.
Morocco, which has the ambition to bring the share of renewable energy to 52% in its energy mix in 2030, has opted for an energy transition centered on the development of renewable energies, with the aim of installing additional production capacities for electricity from a total of 6,000 megawatts of wind, hydro and solar sources, recalls the Pan African financial institution.
By launching the “Noor” solar program in 2009, Morocco has planned, for 2020, an additional capacity of at least 2,000 megawatts for the sole solar source, adds the AfDB.
The Noor Ouarzazate solar complex, southeast of Marrakech, was the first project developed as part of this energy strategy. With a capacity of 580 megawatts distributed over four plants, this complex is one of the largest solar parks in the world.
“It now provides nearly two million Moroccans with electricity and avoids the emission into the atmosphere of nearly one million tonnes per year of greenhouse gases”, according to AfDB.
Structured according to a public-private partnership approach, the Noor Ouarzazate solar complex project was supported by the AfDB. In total, the Abidjan-based Bank contributed USD 485 million to the project over the different phases.