Tarfaya: Africa’s Largest Wind Farm in Morocco is a Go

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Africa’s largest wind farm to date is slated to begin construction as soon as a long-delayed financing agreement is completed, according to Wind Power Monthly. The plant, which will be financed by Attijariwafa Bank, Banque Marocaine du Commerce Extérieur (BMCE) and France’s Banque Populaire, will be built astride the Atlantic ocean in southern Morocco. No new timetable has been revealed,” Wind Power Monthly reports.

Hawa Akkar Wind Farm to Illuminate 60,000 Lebanese Homes in First for Country

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But now it is in the middle of building its first wind farm at about 60 MW in the country’s north. . But the country’s first wind project is well under way. This situation may change somewhat when the country’s first wind farm project will produce enough electricity to illuminate 60,000 homes. Doing an onsite wind test in Lebanon. When completed, the wind farm is estimated to be able to supply power to illuminate around 60,000 homes.

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Israel’s Bird King Yossi Leshem: Jordan’s Tafila Wind Farm is a “Real Problem”

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Jordan is pushing ahead with the largest commercial scale wind farm in the Middle East region , the Tafila Wind Farm , seemingly without care for the massive bird migration population that passes through Jordan twice a year. ” No one from the Jordan wind turbine consortia has consulted him, he says. Tomorrow, Monday, he will be going to a big conference in Israel to bring the message to Israel’s future wind turbine developers as well, he tells us.

Morocco’s Hydroelectric, Wind and Solar on Track for 2020?s 42% Green Goal

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Saudi Arabia gives Morocco a sunny boost, but Joseph looks at Morocco’s bigger renewable energy picture: an aim to use 42% renewables by 2020. To meet Morocco’s electricity needs, the government has adopted and is implementing a three-phase strategy. These new installations include a 140-MW wind farm near Tangier and a 472-MW solar power plant in the north-east area of Ain Beni Mathar. Increasing renewable energy use looks a smart move for Morocco.

Now Morocco is Looking for Bids for 850 MW of Wind

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Morocco already has the world’s most ambitious solar target. Now it is starting on wind. Morocco’s ascendance in renewable development is continuing apace. Morocco’s state-run power utility has just invited companies to bid on five wind farm projects with a total power generation capacity of 850 megawatts, as part of its plan to build 2,000 MW of wind power by 2020. Currently, Morocco has 280 MW of wind energy.

Morocco University Excited Over First Wind-hydrogen System Installation

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Training, teaching and researching the wind: Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane gets Africa’s first wind-hydrogen system. Morocco’s renewable energy push received yet another boost last week with the installation of the first-ever wind-hydrogen system in Africa. The university said that the inaugural project aims to examine the issue of wind intermittency that leads to an excess power generation that could potentially be resolved.

Siemens Sells First 100 MW of Turbines to Morocco

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The German renewable energy giant Siemens Energy has just secured its first wind turbine orders within Africa, with orders for two new wind farms going up in Morocco. Siemens will supply turbines with a total capacity of 100 MW, 50 MW to the Haouma Wind Farm project in Northern Morocco, and 50 MW to Foum El Oued in Southern Morocco. Plus - Siemens is one of the biggest backers of the Desertec Initiative – now beginning in Morocco.

Siemens Bows Out of Solar, And Looks to the Wind

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German giant Siemens is looking for your offshore wind. . Siemens we reported last week, has now bowed out of its commitment to the pan-African and possibly Middle Eastern solar grid project Desertec that would connect the energy of solar farms from sunny countries to Europe. Hydro power and the wind, with a focus on offshore wind farms in particular. Cleantech, Science & Technology Siemens Solar Energy Solel wind power

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Algeria to Invest $20 Billion in Clean Energy

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Perhaps because it has noted what’s happened in neighboring Morocco ( Could Morocco be First to Get 42% Solar? ) In this plan, Algeria will be following in Morocco’s ambitious solar footsteps. Related stories: Post-Revolution Egypt Wants New Wind Farms. Algeria sets plans to achieve 40% renewable energy by 2030.

Who’s Got the Wind Power in the Middle East?

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Who’s got the wind in the Middle East? Morocco and Egypt have the biggest wind power plants, but don’t discount Iraq, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Wind power has taken a backseat to solar power across the Middle East and North Africa, but there are still some ambitious projects in wind power being undertaken across the region. Two of the largest wind farms in the world are in the region, in Morocco and Egypt.

13 Arab Nations Get Energy Future Mapped in Helpful New Report

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There is a new report out underscoring the amount of renewable energy being developed in the Arab world with Morocco, Jordan and Egypt coming out as the big winners in the region. The report developed by the center maps out the renewable energy future of its 13 member countries and states, including the nations of Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Libya, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine (not yet a nation), Sudan, Syria, Tunisia and Yemen.

Largest African Photovoltaic Solar Plant Online Courtesy of Masdar

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Situated even deeper in the desert than Morocco and prone to locust swarms , Mauritania’s topography consists of the “ mostly barren, flat plains of the Sahara ” – as the CIA puts it. But they’ve got sun and they’ve got wind and now they’ve got Africa’s largest solar photovoltaic plant. But arguably none will have as dramatic an impact as this relatively small solar farm in Mauritania.

Arab civil society calls Arab nations to achieve 100% renewable energy

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Morocco and Egypt have strong climate action plans and Jordan has the largest wind farm in the region, but due to their silence, their climate action and their reputations are being undermined.

Abu Dhabi’s $32 billion TAQA Adds Clean Energy Division

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The new unit, Energy Solutions, will invest in wind, solar, thermal and hydro power, according to a report at The National. Along with solar and wind, the division will also invest in novel high tech technologies related to traditional energy, such as carbon capture and sequestration (or sale). Related: Morocco is Looking for Bids for 850 MW of Wind ).

3rd Desertec Deal Signed – Algerian Solar Will Ship to the EU

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”With wind energy we have projects ready to start in the south and we have potential for geothermal where we are looking to get started in a very promising region in the east of the country,” the minister said. The company operates a 10 MW wind farm. He has (previous story) committed to an ambitious renewable energy program for the nation that rivals that of Morocco, the other MENA region Desertec participant which plans to get 42% of its energy from the sun.

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Desertec Nation Algeria to Host Huge Solar Trade Fair from Germany

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The first two DII projects are sited in neighboring Morocco: the first nation ever to be almost half-powered by solar and Egypt which was named last year as among the top nations for renewable investment potential. Related: Dubai to Invest $3 Billion in 1,000 MW Solar Farm! Related: Post-Revolution Egypt Wants New Wind Farms. Algiers will be the place to be for utility-scale solar developers next May.

Has The Middle East Turned A New (Green) Leaf?

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From inspiring solar projects in Israel, Egypt and Algeria to impressive wind farms in Morocco , it seems that the region is beginning to recognise its abundant renewables energy potential. Dubai recently announced that it will invest $3billion in a 1,000 MW solar farm to be completed in 2030. Analysts have also estimated that the price of solar and wind systems in the Middle East has halved- all whilst the cost of fossil fuelled power has kept on climbing.

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Countries of the Middle East push towards renewable energy

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Solar plants are cropping up in Jordan and Morocco. Wind farms are being built in Egypt and Tunisia. The plans are for everything for solar, over wind, to geo-thermal plants, creating energy for home consumption and for export to neighboring countries. Middle East's push toward renewable energy spurred by rising oil prices By Michael Smith (Veshengro) Do they know something that they are not telling us, many of which are oil producing countries?

Could Israel Join With its Arab Neighbors in Medgrid?

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Israel is not in the loop now, but Medgrid includes 20 European Union and southeast Mediterranean countries, including Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Syria. First, Medgrid would ensure that the rapidly growing and rapidly greening MENA nations would be able to supply their own needs from solar and wind. Post-Revolution Egypt Wants New Wind Farms. Could sharing a transmision grid for renewable energy bring Arabs and Jews together?

Nuclear Power Continues World Dependence on Middle East Oil

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I live in a small town in Idaho, and currently many wind farms are being built in the foothills above where I live. Thorium is a waste product from mines producing rare earth elements (that we dig up to make wind mills and batteries). 5) If we scrimp and save, and get all of humanity on the same page, and keep Africa, India, and China from developing any further: Solar and Wind might be enough to keep us afloat.