Construction has started on Morocco's 300MW Tarfaya wind farm, being developed by Nareva Holding and GDF Suez.
The €450m ($600m) development, which will be made up of 131 Siemens SW-2.3-101 turbines, is due to be completed by the end of 2014.
“Electricity demand growth in Morocco has averaged 6% per year since 1998 and will continue to grow in the next 20 years," says Clare Rhodes-James, project director at UK engineering consultancy Mott MacDonald, which is providing technical advice to lenders during construction and operational phases.
Once switched on, Tarfaya will save 900,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions a year.
Morocco has a target of sourcing 42% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020. Tarfaya is expected to "almost double" the country’s wind capacity.