Aeronautics: Safran Nacelles Morocco inaugurates its 1.7 Megawatt photovoltaic power plant
Safran Nacelles Morocco, a subsidiary of French aeronautic parts manufacturer Safran, inaugurated last week a new photovoltaic power station with a capacity of 1.7 Megawatts that will supply its Nouaceur plant with green energy.
The photovoltaic power station will cover more than 20% of the annual consumption of the Nouaceur aeronautic parts production plant, reducing CO2 emissions by 2,000 tons per year.
To execute the project, Safran Nacelles Morocco partnered with Qair Maroc, a company specializing in the production of green electricity.
Safran further plans to boost the production capacity of the plant by adding 1,800 additional panels in 2023. The extension is expected to cover a third of the plant’s energy needs and to reduce the plant’s CO2 emissions by 3,000 tons annually.
Moroccan Minister of Energy Transition and Sustainable Development, Leila Banali, who attended the inauguration ceremony, welcomed the initiative, which is, she said, in line with Morocco’s green energy strategy.
On his part, Safran’s President Vincent Caro said his company is committed to sustainable development, and that the group has set a goal of reducing its CO2 emissions by 30% by 2025 compared with 2018, and by 50% by 2030.
“At our Casablanca site, we are working with the Moroccan government to increase the share of renewable energy in the site’s consumption,” Caro said.
Caro noted that the new power station is “one of the largest photovoltaic panel plants on an industrial site in Morocco, and the first on an aeronautical site in the country.”