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French utility EDF Renewables, Abu Dhabi-based Masdar and Moroccan developer Green of Africa have won the development rights for the 800MW Noor Midelt 1 solar hybrid solar project in Midelt, Morocco.

The development rights for the plant were awarded by the Moroccan Agency for Solar. The new plant will combine concentrated solar power and photovoltaic technologies.

The plant will be located 20km north of the central Moroccan town of Midelt.

Construction is expected to commence in the last quarter of 2019, and the plant is expected to be operational by 2022.

According to EDF, the hybridisation of the two technologies is a world first.

The development consortium said: “EDF Renewables, Masdar and Green of Africa would like to thank the Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy and the King of Morocco for having designated our consortium as the successful bidder to develop the innovative Noor Midelt 1 with an installed capacity of 800MW hybrid concentrated solar power and photovoltaic power plant.

“The consortium is fully committed to supporting MASEN and the realisation of Morocco’s long-term renewable energy ambitions.”

Morocco has set a goal to generate 52% of its energy from renewable by 2030, although further investment to the tune of $30 billion will be needed to achieve this.