Energie Eolienne du Maroc (EEM), a subsidiary of Nareva Holding, is developing the wind farm in southern Morocco.

The project is part of a 720MW first phase of the Morocco Government’s plan to generate 2GW of energy from wind by 2020.

The electricity generated from the Akhfennir wind farm will support local industrial firms.

Nareva Holding chief executive officer Ahmed Nakkouch said: "Morocco is taking significant strides in achieving the Integrated Wind Energy Strategy to increase wind’s portion of the national energy mix to over 14 percent by 2020.

"Additionally, this farm will help by adding renewable power to the grid and help meet the country’s growing demand for power. GE’s wind turbines have proven performance and reliability, adding further value to the project."

GE said its 1.7-100 blades are built on an evolution of high performance turbines to have competitive economic returns and capacity factor.

GE chairman and chief executive officer Jeff Immelt said: "This agreement highlights our commitment to Morocco’s wind energy development.

"Building on our power generation heritage of over 100 years, our wind turbine technology is a strong fit to help Morocco meet its wind power goal and support the country’s industrialization."

GE’s global fleet of over 23,000 turbines offers more than 37GW of installed wind energy capacity.

Image: Executives of GE and Nareva sign contract. Photo: Courtesy of General Electric.