Morocco Qualifies Bidders For First Phase Of $2.2bn Hybrid Solar Project

Five consortia have qualified to bid for the first phase of a large solar project that will combine PV and CSP technology with Morocco lining up $2.2bn of finance.

Morocco’s state renewable energy agency Masen has pre-qualified five consortia to build a hybrid solar power plant near Midelt in central Morocco, which will combine both photovoltaic (PV) and concentrated solar power (CSP) technologies.

The Nour Midelt Phase 1 will be the first to be built at a site 20km northeast of Midelt, where Masen is looking to install around 1GW of PV and CSP capacity in two phases, each developed as independent power producer (IPP) projects under 25-year power purchase agreements.

The bidding groups for phase one are led by Acwa Power, EDF, Engie, Innogy and JPC (see table 3). The bidding groups have been requested to submit proposals for a project comprising two 150-190MW CSP units with five hours of thermal energy storage, each integrated with a PV unit for which the capacity is left to the bidders’ discretion. (CONTINUED - 866 WORDS)


table 1: Morocco's Nour Midelt Phase 1 Solar Project: Qualified Consortia
table 2: Finance For Morocco's Nour Midelt Solar Projects
table 3: Solar Pv & Csp: The Key Differences