Moroccan wind farm to be fully commissioned in first half of 2021

Moroccan wind farm to be fully commissioned in first half of 2021

3 May 2021

A 33.8MW wind energy farm being developed by InnoVent Maroc, the local subsidiary of France’s Innovent, in Morocco is due to be fully operational within the first half of 2021. A 33.8MW wind energy farm being developed by InnoVent Maroc, the local subsidiary of France’s Innovent, in Morocco is due to be fully operational within the first half of 2021.

 

A 33.8MW wind energy farm being developed by InnoVent Maroc, the local subsidiary of France’s Innovent, is due to be fully operational within the first half of 2021.

The Oualidia wind farm is being developed under the independent power producer (IPP) model, with an investment of 27.8m ($33.47m).

The project is being developed over a site covering a total area of 10 hectares in the Moroccan province of Sidi Bennour. Innovent Maroc recently commissioned the first wind turbine, which is feeding 3MW into Morocco’s national grid under a power purchase agreement (PPA) with state utility Office national de l’eau et de l’electricite (ONEE).

The wind farm will be able to produce 80GWh of electricity per year when fully commissioned.

The project includes some of the highest wind turbines in Africa, measuring 202 metres at the tip of the blade. The project also features Nabralift, an innovative tripod structure developed by Spanish wind firm Nabrawind.

Morocco’s push to develop clean energy is part of its strategy to reduce its historical reliance on energy imports. In 2009, the government set a target for renewables to contribute to 42 per cent of total power production by 2020.

Following the successful launch of its Noor PV programme, in 2017 Rabat set a target for 52 per cent of its energy requirements to come from clean energy sources by 2030.

Earlier this year, the Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (Masen) received  prequalification entries from developers for the planned Noor 2 photovoltaic (PV) solar programme.

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