Turning wind into clean energy millions rely onOn Morocco’s southwest coast, a steady wind blows in each day from the Atlantic ocean. Today, the wind brings a new way of life not just to this coastal region, but to all of Morocco, as the wind becomes an important source of renewable energy.
Tarfaya is the site of Africa’s largest onshore wind farm to date with a capacity of 300 MW – enough power for 1.5 million homes. By 2020, Morocco plans to cover 42% of its energy needs with renewable sources. A target raised to 52% by 2030.
For Tarfaya, the Siemens wind turbines have been specifically adapted to withstand the corrosive conditions of both the salty ocean winds, desert sandstorms and the year round hot weather. The turbines are equipped with a cooling system designed for high performance in challenging, very dry and dusty sites. This special protection results in less turbine downtime and higher annual energy production.
The wind farm is connected to Morocco's power grid via Siemens energy management solutions including transformers and control systems, ensuring a reliable supply of electricity for all the homes and businesses depending on it.
The renewable power generated from Tarfaya’s wind turbines is expected to offset 900,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year.
So, thanks to Tarfaya’s wind, Morocco is well on the way to reach its ambitious goals for economic development, environmental protection and quality of life.
Capturing the power of desert winds– and turning it into clean energy millions rely on. That’s Ingenuity for life.