Rabat - UAE-based company Masdar and Morocco's Office National de L'Electricite et de L'Eau Potable (ONEE) will supply 17,670 homes across 940 villages in Morocco with solar home systems as part of rural electrification.
Rabat – UAE-based company Masdar and Morocco’s Office National de L’Electricite et de L’Eau Potable (ONEE) will supply 17,670 homes across 940 villages in Morocco with solar home systems as part of rural electrification.
The solar homes, along with broader electrification initiatives, will result in 99 per cent of rural Morocco having access to energy by the end of 2017, a statement said. The project is funded through a grant by the government of Abu Dhabi.
The agreement was signed in Casablanca between Ali Fassi-Fihri, director general of ONEE and Sultan Ahmad Al Jaber, UAE minister if state and chairman of clean energy firm Masdar.
Ali Fassi-Fihri, director general of ONEE, said: “This project fits perfectly with the strategy of the Moroccan Government for the development of rural areas through the achievement of basic infrastructure.
“Rural electrification through Solar Home Systems is part of an ambitious programme launched by the Moroccan Government in 1996, which allowed access by connecting to the national grid more than 12 million people and equipped 51,559 homes with solar systems,” he added.
Each solar home system consists of 290-watt solar panels, which charge two batteries with sufficient storage capacity for three days.
ONEE and Masdar will design, supply, install and commission the project. Masdar will provide maintenance and operational training for two year, which ONEE will take over and maintain.
On this occasion, Masdar chairman Sultan Ahmad Al Jaber said: “the UAE has longstanding bilateral ties with Morocco, and this project reflects our commitment to work together to enhance economic and social opportunity.”
“We look forward to working with our strategic partners to complete this project and demonstrate the positive impact of improving access to energy through solar power,” he added.