PLAN SOLAIRE MASEN (CSP ET PV)
Morocco is endowed with one of the most abundant solar resources on the planet conducive to the development of solar power plants of all technologies. The generation of electricity with installations featuring hybrid solar technology (solar concentrated thermodynamics combined with solar photovoltaic) is now considered as an innovative solution of the future to maximize production in hours of peak, corresponding to Morocco in the evening hours, while benefiting from low solar prices photovoltaic. With limited energy resources, Morocco is now 96% dependent on outside for its supply. This strong dependence, combined with the trend increase in the price of petroleum products, severely impact the trade balance and the budget.
In 2009, the Kingdom of Morocco put in place an ambitious strategy to reduce its energy dependence. For the electricity sector, this strategy makes the choice of renewables energies which should represent 42% (i.e. a capacity of 6,000 MW) of the power electricity installed by 2020.
During the COP21 in Paris in November 2015, Morocco announced its decision to increase the share of renewable energies to 52% of installed capacity by 2030.
The NOOR solar plan, which was launched in November 2009 with the objective of developing a solar power generation capacity of at least 2,000 MW by 2020, is an emblematic component of this strategy. It is worn by Masen.
To reach The 2,000 MW solar target, the kingdom entrusted Masen with the development of 5 solar complexes located in Ouarzazate, Midelt, Tata, Laayoune and Boujdour. After the development of the first Noor Ouarzazate solar complex, Masen is embarking on the development of a new program located in Midelt: Noor Midelt.
The Noor complex Midelt consists of the construction of two power plants with hybrid solar technology, at know a mix between photovoltaic (PV) and thermodynamic solar (CSP), from a CSP installed power between 150 and 190 MW per plant.
The project will: - the reduction of the energy dependence of the Kingdom,
- production at a competitive cost of electricity available at evening peak,
- reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the Moroccan energy mix and achieving commitments made by Morocco within the framework of COP21 and COP22.
In addition, the project will contribute to the emergence in Morocco of a competitive industrial fabric in the solar sector and to create local jobs.
Morocco shows its willingness to be able to export its model and know-how to others
countries of the African continent.