Voltalia bags 35% of awards in Moroccan solar tender
Solar panels. Author: John S. Quarterman. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic.
Renewable power plants operator Voltalia SA (EPA:VLTSA) said on Monday it was the biggest winner in a Moroccan tender, securing two solar projects with a combined output of 117 MW.
The company, Enel Green Power, TAQA and AMEA POWER made seven successful bids with a combined capacity of 333 MW in the tender held by the Ministry of Energy Transition and Sustainable Development and the Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (MASEN). It sought to award 400 MW across seven sites within the Noor PV II complex.
Voltalia expects to commence construction at the end of 2023 of a 69-MW solar farm at Ain Beni Mathar and a 48-MW park in Guercif. Together, the power plants will be able to generate enough clean electricity to power 290,000 inhabitants per year, once operational. The solar parks' output will be sold to private customers connected to the public grid through long-term electricity sales contracts.
The French company already has almost 100 MW of authorised projects in the country, mainly wind and hydro, and over 400 MW under development, most of which solar.