‘Solar Decathlon Africa’, Exemplary Commitment of New Generation to Energy Transition (Minister)
Benguerir – The “Solar Decathlon Africa” is the testimony of an exemplary commitment of the new generation in favor of the energy transition, said, Friday in Benguerir, minister of Energy, Mining and Sustainable Development, Aziz Rabbah.
This world’s largest student competition to build smart houses powered solely by solar energy is a call to the international community by young people committed to innovative and sustainable solutions to address climate change, Rabbah said at the official inauguration ceremony of the “Solar Decathlon Africa” village.
This event, which brings together students from different universities around the world, reflects the awareness of the younger generation about the climate issue and the importance of scientific research to address the negative impacts of global warming, he noted.
He said that this competition, organized for the first time on African soil, aims to hear the voice of the African continent and highlight the know-how of its young people through creative projects that are environmentally friendly.
This choice confirms once again the Kingdom’s commitment to the development of renewable energies, its orientation towards a green model and its willingness to move forward, he said, adding that Morocco made an early commitment to the energy transition by adopting a series of green initiatives and projects.
He also stressed the importance of international cooperation, notably South-South cooperation, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to invest in youth and scientific research.
Organized under the High Patronage of HM King Mohammed VI, by the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, the Institute for Research in Solar Energy and New Energies (IRESEN) with the support of the ministry of Energy, Mining and Sustainable Development, the “Solar Decathlon Africa” brings together 1200 students representing 58 universities involved in the design, construction and operation of energy self-sufficient houses, which use solar energy as their sole energy source and are equipped with technologies that allow maximum energy efficiency.