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Ouarzazate Solar Power Complex

Noor Ouarzazate is a solar power complex located 10 kilometers from Ouarzazate city, making it the world’s largest concentrated solar power plant with a production capacity of 510 MW. The entire complex is planned to produce up to 582 MW, with an estimated project cost of around $2.5 billion.

The solar power station is developed with the collaboration of the Spanish consortium TSK-Acciona-Sener and is the first in a series of planned developments at the Ouarzazate Solar Complex by the Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy (MASEN).

Water consumption for the Ouarzazate Noor complex is estimated at 2.5 to 3 million m³ per year for one wet-cooling project (Noor I) and two dry-cooling projects (Noor II and III), required for regular cleaning of the reflectors.

The Noor I CSP plant offsets 240,000t of CO₂ emissions a year and generated approximately 1,000 construction jobs and 60 permanent jobs during the operation and maintenance phase. Together, the Noor II and Noor III plants can offset 533,000t of CO₂ emissions a year. ˢᵒᵘʳᶜᵉ ᵖᵒʷᵉʳ⁻ᵗᵉᶜʰⁿᵒˡᵒᵍʸ.ᶜᵒᵐ

Ouarzazate solar power station view from airplant
  • urface area: 480 ha
  • Installed power: 160 MW
  • CO2 avoided: 280,000 t/year
  • Commissioned: February 2016
  • Price of Kwh: 1.62 DH
  • Total investment: Approximately 7 billion MAD
  • Technology used: CSP, with thermal storage of about 3 hours
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Ouarzazate solar power station map

Visiting Noor Ouarzazate

If you are traveling to Skoura, you can visit Noor on your way, but a request must be submitted one month prior to the desired dates. Please note that shorts, dresses, miniskirts, heels, and open sandals are forbidden on the site, and long-sleeved sweaters are highly recommended.

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