General Electric (GE) will supply 56 1.7-100 wind turbines for a 100MW North African wind farm, which is being developed by Energie Eolienne du Maroc (EEM), a subsidiary of Morocco-based Nareva Holding.
Located near Akhfennir in southern Morocco, the farm is the first wind project for GE in North Africa.
The wind turbines will generate wind power in order to help meet Morocco's renewable energy goals, while offering EEM better returns.
Morocco, through its Integrated Wind Energy Project, aims to generate 2,000MW of wind power by 2020 with an investment of MAD31.5bn ($3.6bn).
Akhfennir is one of the wind farms that is being constructed in the first phase of the integrated wind energy project.
GE chairman and chief executive officer Jeff Immelt noted: "Building on our power generation heritage of over 100 years, our wind turbine technology is a strong fit to help Morocco meet its wind power goal and support the country's industrialization."
Nareva Holding CEO Ahmed Nakkouch said, "Morocco is taking significant strides in achieving the Integrated Wind Energy Strategy to increase wind's portion of the national energy mix to over 14% by 2020."
"Additionally, this farm will help by adding renewable power to the grid and help meet the country's growing demand for power. GE's wind turbines have proven performance and reliability, adding further value to the project."
Under Morocco's power purchase agreement, the power produced by the facility will be ultilised by industrial companies.
Built on an evolution of high performance turbines, GE's 1.7-100 wind turbines are expected to boost capacity factor as well as generate competitive economic returns.
With a global fleet of 23,000 wind turbines, GE provides more than 37GW of installed wind energy capacity.
Image: Morocco, through its Integrated Wind Energy Project, aims to generate 2000MW of wind power by 2020.Photo: courtesy of koko-tewan / FreeDigitalPhotos.net.