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A 10.5GW solar-plus-wind project is under development in Morocco’s Guelmim Oued Noun region, with 3.6GW of this to be exported to Great Britain.

Xlinks – the company behind the Morocco-UK Power Project – said the project is capable of generating for an average of 20+ hours a day, taking advantage of the high solar irradiance in the south of Morocco alongside consistent convection desert winds to provide an alternative source of zero carbon electricity to GB.

It is also to feature a 5GW/20GWh battery facility, helping to ensure the power generated can be delivered every day, resulting in a dedicated, near-constant source of flexible and predictable renewable energy.

The project is currently making progress in gaining the requisite regulatory and government approvals in Morocco, according to Xlinks.

It is the first project from the business, which has a top team consisting of Simon Morrish, founder of Levitate Capital as CEO, Paddy Padmanathan, president and CEO of ACWA Power as vice chair and former Tesco CEO, Sir Dave Lewis as executive chair. In Morocco, Xlinks is chaired by Dayae Oudghiri.

[Alice Grundy]

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