Africa’s largest wind farm, the Tarfaya Energy Project, has finally begun producing green energy off Morocco’s Southern Atlantic Coast. Sprawling over 22,000 acres, the 131 wind turbine project began construction in 2013 and is anticipated to offset a whopping 990,000 tons of carbon emissions every year.
A partnership between GDF Suez and Nareva Holding that was built by the Tarfaya Energy Company (TAREC), the nearly $547 million project is expected to provide clean energy for 1.5 million households, making an incredible difference in the Morocco’s energy economy. The country lacks fossil fuels and to date has had to rely on imports to power its homes. The new wind farm project will offset their energy needs, enabling Morocco to provide some power for itself, without depleting natural resources.
Each of the 131 wind turbines has a capacity to produce 2.3 MW, for a combined total of 15% of the projected wind energy target set by the Moroccan government for completion by 2020. Over the next five years, the government plans to install enough wind farm projects to generate 2,000 MW that will be distributed across the grid. When these wind farm projects are completed, Morocco can rely on renewable energy for 42% of their power needs – making the country a role model in worldwide renewable energy usage.