Morocco - The Ouarzazate Solar Power Station Project – Phase I

Project Summary

Approval Date 16 May 2012
Signature Date 19 Nov 2012
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2015
Last Disbursement Planned Date 31 Dec 2016
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Power
DAC Sector Code 23230
Environmental Category 1
Commitment U.A 78,228,285.78
Status Completion

Project General Description

The Ouarzazate Solar Power Station Project – Phase I will enable Morocco to honour its national and international commitments. It is part of the Moroccan Solar Plan designed under Morocco's energy strategy and, on a larger scale, it forms part of the Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) Investment Plan of the Middle East and North Africa Region (MENA). Under the Moroccan solar plan, five complexes will be built in Ouarzazate, Foum Al Oued, Boujdour, Sebkhat Tah and Aïn Béni Mathar. The Ouarzazate Power Station Project 1 is the first CTF-supported project for large-scale implementation of CSP technology in the MENA region. Morocco's solar energy programme is expected to create jobs locally. Eventually, it will enable Morocco to sell green energy to Europe at profitable rates and earn foreign exchange. This will have a positive effect on its trade balance. The project components are: (i) construction of energy infrastructure; and (ii) operational support, and project administration and management.

Project Objectives

The goal of the Ouarzazate Solar Power Station Project is to initiate the development of CSP technology in Morocco by constructing Phase 1 of the Ouarzazate Complex (125 to 160 MW).


The project will specifically benefit the Government, Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy (MASEN), National Electricity Authority (ONE), private partners and the people of Morocco. In the project area, the NGO Fondation Ouarzazate, composed of executives and intellectuals from the sub-region and which operates mainly in the health sector, has already identified certain necessary social actions that need to be implemented in the project area as support measures. The project will support local development initiatives.

Participating Organization

African Development Bank
Government Of Morocco
Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy (MASEN)


IATI identifier 46002-P-MA-FF0-001
Last Update 24 Sep 2022


Contact Details

Name MOUSSA Adama

Geographic Location

Country Morocco
Coordinates Location Name
30.9413 -6.90285 Ouarzazat