The African continent is making a strong move to harness renewable sources as Morocco aims at 6 GW of renewable energy by 2020 to minimize the country’s current imports 90 per cent of energy resources.
Morocco will soon allot a 160 megawatt concentrated solar power project, part of a 500 megawatt CSP Ouarzazate site. “It’s the first step, when the winner is known there will be a power purchase agreement with MASEN (Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy),” said Saïd Mouline, Director of Morocco’s Agency of Development for Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency (ADEREE).
“We have a strong proactive policy at the highest level of the state. There are plans to build 2 GW of solar power over the next 8 years. Some of sites are CSP-oriented, others are PV oriented,” Mouline said.
Besides solar, Morocco will also install 2 GW of wind energy and efforts are already underway, he said adding the country already has installed 300 megawatts of wind turbines. Morocco also plans to harness hydro power to enhance its renewable portfolio.
“We strongly believe in this because most of our energy is coming from Europe today. For instance, Morocco now gets a lot of its electricity from Spain via transmission lines. All this will decrease our energy dependence,” Mouline said. Morocco is in talks with Europe to feed power back to the lines.