Morocco has launched the Noor Midelt II solar PV tender to develop PV and CSP technologies with storage. Both Noor Midelt I and II are supported by the World Bank with $125 million financing. Pictured is Noor Ouarzazate III project in Morocco. (Photo Credit: Masen)
- Masen has issued call for Noor Midelt II solar power plant tender in Morocco
- It will comprise solar PV and CSP technologies to be paired with thermal or battery storage capacity
- Interested bidders can respond to pre-qualification round latest by September 16, 2019
The Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (Masen) has launched a new solar tender for Noor Midelt II and is seeking bids for the prequalification round. It will comprise solar PV and concentrated solar power (CSP) technologies paired with storage capacity that could either be thermal or battery based.
Interested developers can propose optimal configurations combining PV, CSP, thermal storage or electric batteries for the project. Masen said the storage capacity will ensure stable power is injected into the 190 MW grid during peak hours and approximately 230 MW during the day.
Masen is looking for developers who could design, finance, construct, operate and maintain the solar power station with storage capacity.
Last date to submit tender documents is September 16, 2019. Details can be found on Masen’s website.
In May 2019, Masen selected a consortium led by EDF Renewables to build the 800 MW Noor Midelt I solar power plant that will have 150 MW to 190 MW of CSP capacity paired with a minimum of 5 hours of thermal storage and a PV component of 150 MW to 210 MW (see EDF Renewables Consortium Wins Morocco Tender).
“Innovation is one of the fundamental vectors that drive Masen’s action. Hybridization between the CSP and the PV in the framework of NOOR Midelt I, which has reduced considerably the price of the kilowatt hour, is an illustration. Today, in the Noor Midelt II, we continue our quest for optimization and we want to take full advantage of benefit from the latest technological developments offered by the market, particularly to further improve the yields and costs of our projects,” said Mustapha Bakkoury, CEO of Masen.
The World Bank is supporting Noor Midelt I and II plants with $125 million. Together these 2 projects are expected to bring online 600 MW to 800 MW of total solar power capacity. Once complete, the Noor Midelt Solar Complex will be the country’s second CSP complex under its Noor Solar Plan; the first was the 580 MW Noor Ouarzazate complex.
Morocco is aiming for a renewable energy share of over 52% in the national energy mix by 2030. At the end of 2018, more than 700 MW of solar power was operational in the country.