Mo­rocco pro­duced 35 per­cent of its elec­tric­ity from re­new­ables

Business a.m. - - ENERGY, POWER & RENEWABLES -

MO­ROCCO PRO­DUCED 35 PER­CENT of its elec­tri­cal power in 2018 from re­new­able en­ergy sources Aziz Rab­bah, Mo­roc­can Min­is­ter of En­ergy, Min­ing and Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment has said.

Mo­rocco switched on an ad­di­tional 840 megawatts in 2018, rais­ing the coun­try’s re­new­able en­ergy ca­pac­ity to more than 3,677 megawatt, Rab­bah told a press con­fer­ence. This added ca­pac­ity in­cludes 700 megawatt of so­lar en­ergy, 1,207 megawatt of wind en­ergy and 1,770 megawatt of hy­dro­elec­tric en­ergy.

The North African coun­try launched one of the largest so­lar project, worth $9 bil­lion in 2015 to cre­ate 2,000 megawatts of so­lar gen­er­a­tion ca­pac­ity by the year 2020. Ouarza­zate So­lar Power Sta­tion (OSPS), as the project is pop­u­larly called, is Mo­rocco’s en­ergy in­de­pen­dence project for a coun­try that im­ports most of its elec­tric­ity.

Re­new­able en­er­gies have re­duced Mo­rocco’s en­ergy de­pen­dence from 98 per­cent in 2008 to 93 per­cent cur­rently, mainly due to a rise in re­new­able en­ergy and by reach­ing this ca­pac­ity, Mo­rocco seems on track to meet its fore­see­able goal of pro­duc­ing 42 per­cent of its elec­tri­cal power from re­new­able en­ergy by 2020, and its larger aim to pro­duce 52 per­cent of its elec­tric­ity from clean en­ergy by 2030.

Rab­bah also added that the state will in­vest over $40 bil­lion in the en­ergy sec­tor by 2030, in­clud­ing in a liq­ue­fied nat­u­ral gas project, al­lo­cat­ing $30 bil­lion of the to­tal amount to re­new­able en­ergy projects.

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