On 15 November 2016, during COP22 (the 22nd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change), Masen signed a 20-years long power purchase agreement (PPA) with Acwa Power for the development of 170 MW of solar PV plants, said a Masen spokeswoman to pv magazine.
The new PV capacity regards the Noor PV 1 program, that comprises three solar plants in three different cities of Morocco. Specifically, Noor PV 1 comprises a 70 MW photovoltaic plant located in Ouarzazate, a 80 MW plant located in Laayoune and a 20 MW plant located in Boujdour, said Masen.
Saudi Arabia’s “Acwa Power was selected after an international tender and will be responsible for the development, construction and long term operation of the three plants under a BOOT (Build, Operate, Own and Transfer) scheme,” the same spokeswoman said.
New solar CSP, PV and storage tender under way
More exciting news follows. According to Masen’s spokeswoman, the agency “is now working on the tender for the development of the first phase of the NOOR Midelt solar complex (‘NOOR Midelt Phase 1 Projects’)”.
“This phase would cover two hybrid PV and CSP power plant projects with storage. The CSP gross capacity is expected to be between 150 MW and 190 MW for each project. The PV capacity is to be proposed by developers based on request for proposal (RfP) requirements. After conclusive experiences with PV Panels,” she told pv magazine.
The process for selecting the project’s technologies and the tender was explained to more detail. Thus, Masen said, the technology configuration at the Midelt complex depends on site characteristics, the national grid’s needs and economy of scales.
Regarding the tender process, this follows a selection of international applicants with multiple stages that start “with a call for expression of interest to sound the market and check the market feasibility, followed by a pre-qualification step and a two stage RfP process, where bidders can submit their technical offer and then their financial offer,” Masen added.