Renewable Energy in Morocco : A new wind project has just seen light.
Khalladi wind power plant is located in Jbel Sendouq, 30 Km from Tangiers (in the North of Morocco) with an installed capacity of 120 MW and represents an investment of 18 million euros. Furthermore, the wind power plant constitutes 40 wind turbines of 80 meters of height, with a capacity of 3MW each. Each turbine is installed on a tower and equipped with three paddles of 45 meters. Moreover, the plant will approximately produce 380 GWh per year which is the equivalent of the average annual consumption of a city with 400 000 habitants.
The plant is the first project developed by ACWA Power; in collaboration with ARIF as being the investment fund and in the framework of Moroccan Law 13-09 on renewable energy. This project anticipates reaching 42% of the electrical power installed in renewable energy (wind, solar and hydraulic) within 2020, permitting the private actors to build installations of energy production based on renewable sources and markets the energy produced by high-voltage grid such as industrial firms and with the possibility to sell the surplus power to ONEE.
The project has been funded by a long-term debt, mainly with the contribution of The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (BERD) and in partnership with Clean Technology Fund (CTF) and La Banque Marocaine du Commerce Extérieur (BMCE Bank). In addition, Khalladi is the first renewable energy project to be financed by BERD in Morocco on the basis of contractual funding and without any subsidy. The duration of the project’s operation is 25 years and is renewable once. Beyond that date, the operation of the wind power plant will be on the government’s hands.
Law 13-09 on renewable energy
In accordance with Law 13-09 on renewable energy, the production of electricity that is naturally renewable may be sold to industrial clients with the possibility to sell the surplus power to The National Office of Electricity and Water (ONEE). Besides, Khalladi power plant concluded purchase agreement of long-term electricity with LAFARGEHOLCIM, ASMENT and CIMAT. The remaining production will be conferred to ONEE.
Khalladi wind power plant belongs also to The Clean Development Mechanism: An economic mechanism based on the carbon’s finance elaborated under the framework of Kyoto Protocol. Plus, The Clean Development Mechanism aims at financially rewarding any implementation of technologies reducing these emissions in developing countries by monetizing the value which thus become negotiated in units of 1 ton of CO2.
The wind power plant will allow a yearly reduction of greenhouse gas emissions estimated to 200 000 tons.