Since 2010 Moroccan government is tendering new solar and wind capacity through auctions in order to meet country’s renewable energy targets and in order to increase capacity production for growing energy demand.
MASEN is responsible for auctioning solar PV capacity while ONE auctions wind capacity.
- In 2012 ONE opened auction for 850 MW of wind capacity. The results of the bid were announced on 20th of January 2016 with world low record prices. Average auctioned price was USD 25-30/MWh. The plants should come online 2017-2020.
- MASEN opened first tender in October 2010 for 160MW solar thermal plant in Ouarzazate .
- In January 2015 2nd and 3rd phases of Ouarzazate project were awarded of 200MW and 150 MW to be commissioned in 2019. With that, the Ouarzazate project reached financial closure in 2015.
- In 2015 MASEN open auction for NOOR PV phase 1 of the project. NOOR 1 will comprise 400MW of PV and concentrated solar power (CSP) technology. The deadline for bids is 1 February 2016 and financial close is due to occur in 2017, with construction to begin that year.