Morocco tenders 400 MW solar projects

The Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (Masen) has issued a tender to develop 400 MW of solar projects as a part of its Noor PV-II multi-site program. According to Mercom Capital Group, the scope of work includes the design, financing, and construction of solar projects and their maintenance and operation. The agency has identified several sites for developing these projects, following geotechnical, topographic, and seismic studies, and solar data measurements, says the consultancy.
48 MW of solar projects each will be developed at Sidi Bennour, Kelaa Srghna, and Bejaad. Projects of 36 MW of capacity each will be developed at Taroudant and El Hajeb. Projects with capacities between 12 MW and 44 MW totaling 184 MW, will be developed at Ain Bni Mathar.
Masen will allocate lands with grid connection and suitable infrastructure to successful bidders. It will remain the landowner and provide the Rights of Area to successful bidders to develop these projects. According to the article, the agency will also sign power purchase agreements with successful bidders to procure 20 percent of annual electricity generated by the PV systems.
Morocco aims to increase its renewable energy capacity up to 6 GW by 2030. It set a target to enhance renewables’ share in its national energy mix to 52 percent by the same year.

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