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Africa’s Biggest Windfarm Debuts in Morocco

Posted By Brit Liggett On June 28, 2010 @ 2:58 pm In Renewable Energy,Wind Power | 1 Comment

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The first phase of a massive renewable energy [2] plan is now in place in Morocco with the official opening of a 165 turbine wind farm [3] just outside of Tangiers. Official sources say that the wind farm — located in the town of Melloussa — is the largest on the African continent. The wind farm was inaugurated today by Morocco’s King Mohammed VI and is estimated to have cost about $250 million dollars to install. The final project — which includes solar [4], wind and hydraulic power — will supply Morocco with 42% of their total power needs.

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In total the 165 turbines will supply Morocco with about 140 megawatts of power. The new farm in Melloussa will join another smaller wind farm [3] in northern Morocco that has a 54 megawatt capacity. Morocco’s Minister of Energy and Mining, Yamsmina Benkhadra said that the project would be completed in 2020 and is part of a national mission to, “assure our energy security and a sustainable development.” The project’s final cost will be $3 billion.

This project is being built concurrently with the Desertec [6] initiative, which is populating a portion of the Saharan desert with solar panels in order to supply energy to Europe. Looks like the sands of Africa are heating up the energy [7] world as of late.

Via Physorg [8]


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[6] Desertec: http://inhabitat.com/2010/06/21/solar-energy-from-sahara-will-be-imported-to-europe-within-5-years/

[7] energy: http://inhabitat.com/energy/

[8] Physorg: http://www.physorg.com/news196944747.html

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