London - Morocco seeks to generate 52 per cent of its power from renewable sources by 2030, the British magazine "Financial Times" (FT) said on Tuesday.
London – Morocco seeks to generate 52 per cent of its power from renewable sources by 2030, the British magazine “Financial Times” (FT) said on Tuesday.
“Morocco has set itself ambitious renewable energy targets. A previous goal of generating 32 per cent of its power from renewable sources by 2020 – which is likely to be comfortably exceeded – was extended late last year to a target of 52 per cent by 2030,” the paper added in a special report dedicated to Morocco, noting that “when production officially began at the world’s biggest concentrated solar power plant at Ouarzazate in southern Morocco in February, the country was widely celebrated for its achievement.”
“Called Noor 1 after the Arabic word for light, the concentrated solar power (CSP) plant is designed to deliver 160 megawatts of electricity at peak output. It is the first of three stages in a project expected to provide 510MW of generating capacity by 2018,” FT pointed out, adding that the complex will save 13m tons of carbon emissions over 25 years.
An important spin-off from this drive is the establishment of a local renewables industry, FT underlined, adding that officials say they want to establish Morocco as a hub for renewable energy, develop industrial capacity in the sector and even begin exporting energy in the coming decades.
“Industrial integration is one of the big points of our energy strategy,” says Said Mouline, general director of the National Agency for the Development of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency. “It is not to just to import technology and to install it here. It is to have step-by-step industrial integration for all sectors linked to renewables or energy efficiency.”