This photovoltaic canopy of nearly 600 m2 was installed at the entrance to the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University. The pergola endows the complex with an area where users may walk between buildings while enjoying a pleasant, refreshing shade, this being necessary in locations such as Morocco where high temperatures are reached and people are exposed to solar radiation.

mohammed university photovoltaic canopy onyx solar


Energy cost

Reduction in HVAC energy demands

Internal Rate of Return

<2 years 



  • superficieTotal Area - 562 M2
  • electricidad generadaElectricity generated in 35 years  - 3,921,750 kWh
  • puntos de luzTotal lighting points operating 4 hours per day in 35 years - 7,693 lighting points
  • emisiones CO2 evitadasCO2 emmisions avoided  in 35 years - 2,628 Tons of CO2
  • barriles petroleo ahorradosBarrels of oil saved in 35 years - 2,308 barrels per m2


For Onyx Solar®, this project entailed a challenge and an important record due to the high efficiency of the glass modules manufactured from crystalline silicon. These modules are of a large size and were designed especially to satisfy the client’s needs. It is of particular note that a single module contains 144 photovoltaic cells and achieves a power capacity of 626 Wp, that is, 160 Wp per m2, enabling the pergola to generate 135,000 kWh and to prevent the release of almost 100 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere each year.


This project was penned by two architects of worldwide renown, Ricardo Bofill and Elie Mouyal, who preserved the spirit of Arab latticework in their design. Jacobs, a world leader in the provision of engineering and construction services, was entrusted with the construction of the pergola


The Mohammed VI Polytechnic University is located at half an hour’s distance from Marrakesh. This initiative was Onyx Solar®’s first project in Morocco and is included in the “Green Cities” development plan by the Moroccan state group OCP, the largest phosphate exporter worldwide. The new city has a surface area of 1,000 hectares and features a ratio of 20 m2 of greenspace per capita.




mohammed university photovoltaic canopy onyx solar


"The exploitation of daylight by means of glass modules such as those of Onyx Solar® enables the illumination of the various public areas, creating a subtle light favouring savings in energy consumption” “We undertake our works taking energetic efficiency and sustainability very seriously”.

 Ricardo Bofill.





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