OUARZAZATE I CONCENTRATED SOLAR POWER – MOROCCO
Ouarzazate I is a 160MW Concentrated Solar Power plant in Morocco, generously supported by a subsidy from the Government of Morocco and concessional capital from international development banks. Ouarzazate I only makes economic sense if it contributes to the development of a commercially-sustainable regional Concentrated Solar Power market. Projects like Ouarzazate I play a crucial bridging role but, in order to scale-up projects like these, costs need to fall and revenues need to grow. This will require careful design and considerable political support from national and international players. Early experience from Ouarzazate I, such as the public-private partnership model used to engage key players, can help inform future projects.