Morocco Aspires to Cover 52% of Energy Needs From Renewable Energy by 2030 (Indian Reporter)
New Delhi – Morocco aspires to cover 52% of its energy needs from renewable energy sources by 2030, said Monday Indian reporter, Ranjana Narayan.
Narayan, the special correspondent of the Asian Indian news agency at the Crans Montana Forum, held in last March in the southern city of Dakhla, said that the Kingdom, which in 2013 imported 93% of its Energy needs, aspires to cover 52% of its needs from solar and wind energy.
In this sense, she recalled that HM King Mohammed VI launched in April the construction of the Noor Ouarzazate IV power plant, the last stage of the largest solar energy complex in the world, with a total capacity of 582 MW, that is meant to provide 1.1 million households with electricity.
The Noor Ouarzazate project, developed as part of a partnership involving the Moroccan Solar Energy Agency (MASEN) and a consortium of private operators, led by ACWA POWER, will reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 760,000 tons per year and to 17.5 million tons over the next 25 years, noted the reporter.
Morocco, the only African country to have an electricity interconnection with Europe, is counting on renewable energy sources to lower its energy imports and aspires to export energy to Europe and its African neighbors, she said, noting that the Kingdom also attaches great importance to wind power, after building a complex for the production of this energy in Tarfaya, the largest of its kind in Africa.