February 16 (Renewables Now) - Renewable power plants operator Voltalia SA (EPA:VLTSA) has secured permits for two hydropower projects in Morocco with a combined capacity of 17 MW.
The French company, which earlier this week announced it had won a 5-MW photovoltaic (PV) project in France’s latest solar tender, said on Thursday that the permits are for hydropower plants (HPPs) of 9.8 MW and 7.2 MW in Morocco’s Middle-Atlas region. They have been awarded by the Moroccan Ministry for Energy.
The French company is currently in talks with corporate clients for signing long-term private power purchase agreements (PPAs) for the output of the facilities. It has already obtained approvals by the National Bureau for Electricity and Drinking Water in relation to the plants’ interconnection into the power grid.
Voltalia owns a portfolio of wind, solar, hydropower and biomass power assets with a total installed capacity of 508 MW.