Wind energy projects will proliferate shortly in Morocco despite not being as popular as solar energy projects. The largest wind farm in Africa, near the city of Tarfaya (south of Morocco), will be operational in 2014. The government aims to generate 2000MW of wind energy through wind farms located throughout the country. Construction work on the Tarfaya wind farm began in December 2012 and the first phase of the project (50MW) will be operational in early April 2014. The park will consist of 131 turbines of 80 meters high that will generate 300MW. The project will have a total cost of 500 million Euros. To achieve the objective of 2000MWof wind power in 2020, the government has launched a global tender to which six international groups have responded. The name of the successful group will be announced at the end of 2013 or the beginning of 2014.

Source: Al Arab, 22/05/2013

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