Soluna’s flagship project is located approximately 45 kilometers north of the city of Dakhla (population 106,000) on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean in Morocco. The immediate proximity of the Atlantic and the arrangement of the facilities in a vast and flat desert region allow for a direct sweep by the wind.
The area is known for the Harmattan tradewinds that blow across the Sahara Desert over West Africa into the Gulf of Guinea. These winds power the growing Kite Surfing industry in the region and its nickname the “kite surfing capital of the world.”
The wind farm site measures 34,000 acres (137 km²) spread across two plots, North and South. The site has the potential for a 180 turbines wind farm for a total installed capacity in excess of 900 MW.
The site has the following advantages:
- Strong wind all year-round;
- Sparsely populated site, apart from a fishing village of Ntireft (4 km away); and
- Located away from any protected natural or tourist area.
- Proximity to the newly constructed grid
Dakhla is situated in the region of Oued-Ed-Dahab, a province in the region of Dakhla-Oued-Ed-Dahab. This region is also known as the disputed territory.
Soluna has and will continue to conduct our activities in strict accordance with the governing laws of the region. We have obtained the necessary approvals from the regional and national government authorities of Morocco. We are also conscientious of the importance of ensuring our project is aligned with the principle that the interest of the inhabitants of these territories is paramount. Our approach to our flagship site in Morocco is guided by our ethics-driven philosophy and our core values.
Click here to learn more about the history of Western Sahara, the disputed territories, and a summary of how the current political landscape might affect Soluna’s project.
Our energy systems and computing technology will be self-contained, distributed, scalable, and flexible, allowing us to achieve efficiencies only obtainable with utility-scale operations. Through this simple but effective approach, Soluna will be the infrastructure backbone of the blockchain revolution.
Soluna is aligned with the great ambitions of the Kingdom of Morocco, economic and financial benefits, and social and human impact.
Job creation to employ the local people of Dakhla
The project involves the recruitment of more than 400 employees directly for the maintenance of the wind farm and the data center. These will be high-value-added and high-tech jobs. In this regard, our project will be in line with the royal will to honor the commitments made to the citizens of the Southern Provinces to create economic dynamism in the region benefiting local people.
Creation of a professional training center of excellence in Dakhla
Dakhla will host a center of excellence to train engineers and technicians in blockchain trades.
Access to vocational training, enshrined in the Constitution in 2011 as a right to be guaranteed to all Moroccan citizens, is part of the Kingdom’s national vocational training strategy 2021. This part of our project is inspired by The King’s ambition to promote this right, which is considered “keystone in all areas of development” and when it comes to the field of new technologies.
Allocation of 1% of project revenues to local social projects
The project is part of our desire to promote socially responsible investments. Therefore, Soluna is committed to donating 1% of its revenues to social projects benefiting local populations, notably through the financing of infrastructure around the site for our ecosystem such as schools, clinics, leisure centers, etc.
The benefits of the Soluna project will thus go beyond a purely economic and financial framework in that we place the consideration of the needs of the local population and local development at the center of our investment.