Morocco will commission in a few weeks its first floating photovoltaic power plant under construction in Sidi Slimane, also the first in Africa. The Moroccan company Energy Handle, was responsible for the construction of the infrastructure in partnership with the Spanish company ISIGNERE. The works lasted 1 year.
For its first phase, the plant will have an installed capacity of 360 kW. The infrastructure will consist of 800 photovoltaic panels that will produce around 644 MWh per year, according to Energy Handle. This new technology will save energy, the company says.
“Floating photovoltaics is a great opportunity for national agriculture for a sustainable development of the sector and better competitiveness,” adds the founding director of Energy Handle, Hassan Nait Bella.
The Sidi Slimane power station will thus free up the ground surface, which would have been occupied by the solar power station with a conventional solution. In addition, according to the company, solar panels installed at water level will be cooled in summer. The efficiency of solar panels will thus be improved by more than 15% during this period.
As a reminder, Energy Handle had already completed several solar energy projects in Morocco, including equipping 490 rural schools with solar energy. The company has also implemented a solar energy project for the Moroccan House of Representatives which is under construction.