Morocco picks EDF to build wind plant in renewable drive

Morocco has selected an EDF led consortium to build a 150 MW wind farm as part of an overall drive towards the cultivation of renewable energy.

The Taza wind project is to be located in northern Morocco to the east of Fes.
Wind farm
Morocco, which has no oil production and relies heavily on energy imports, wants to make the most of its ample wind and sunlight to become a top renewable energy producer.

The kingdom aims to build 4000 MW in wind and solar power capacity by 2020 to meet nearly half its energy consumption.

The project will be equipped with 50 Alstom wind turbines of 3 MW each.

The project will be followed in 2012 by another tender for renewable power production capacity of 850 MW.

A landmark project is the 500 MWproject in the southern region of Ouarzazate, which is the first of five in a $9bn solar programme that is planned to account for 38 per cent of Morocco's installed power generation capacity by 2020.

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