Sumitomo Electric starts operation of 1 MW CPV pilot plant in Morocco

Solar CPV power generation plant in Morocco
Solar CPV power generation plant in Morocco

Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd. (SEI, Osaka, Japan) has completed the construction of an 1 MW concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) power generation plant in the Kingdom of Morocco, the company's first megawatt-class CPV project. 

The company had been working on the construction of the project facility since June based on the contract made this May with the Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (MASEN).

These SEI CPV systems include high-efficiency Fresnel-lens based concentrator modules installed on SEI dual axis tracking systems.

The project includes 33 30-kWp-DC systems. Encouraged by the successful commencement of this project, Sumitomo Electric will promote its CPV business not only in Morocco, but in a variety of areas around the globe which have high solar irradiation, the company announces.

Located in the northwestern part of the African Continent, Morocco faces the Sahara Desert in the south and its solar radiation is very high. This means that the country has a great potential for solar energy generation.

In Morocco, in order to increase its electricity self-sufficiency by making an effective use of its rich solar energy resource, the government intends to introduce 2,000 MW and 4,500 MW solar energy power generation facilities by 2020 and 2030 respectively.


2016-12-02 | Courtesy: Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd | © Heindl Server GmbH

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