Africa’s largest onshore wind farm, Tarfaya -which is located on the southwestern coast of Morocco- aims to increase the share of renewable energy sources in the nation’s power mix to 52 % by 2030, with an interim target set at 42% by 2020.
According to the automation company, the wind energy project is expected to offset 900,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year.
The 131 wind turbines at Tarfaya are specially designed to withstand the region’s corrosive conditions of both the salty ocean winds, desert sandstorms and the year round hot weather, Siemens – the project’s developer – said.
The turbines have been fitted with a cooling system designed for high performance in harsh environments, which results in less turbine downtime and higher annual energy production.
Siemens energy management solutions – including transformers and control systems – mean that the renewable energy generated is fed into Morocco’s power grid, providing a reliable supply of electricity for homes and businesses.
Furthermore, the Tarfaya wind farm provides an impressive 15% of the 2,000 MW target set by the Moroccan government.
Morocco has also switched on the first phase of what will be one of the world’s largest solar plants.
The Climate Investment Funds estimates that the plant will decrease CO2 emissions by around 760,000 tonnes each year.