Rabat - Abu Dhabi-based energy firm Masdar announced on January 14 the completion of a landmark off-grid power project in Morocco. The project, Morocco Solar Home System (SHS), is set to provide energy to 19,438 homes in more than 1,000 rural towns across Morocco.
Rabat – Abu Dhabi-based energy firm Masdar announced on January 14 the completion of a landmark off-grid power project in Morocco. The project, Morocco Solar Home System (SHS), is set to provide energy to 19,438 homes in more than 1,000 rural towns across Morocco.
The project was a partnership between Masdar and Morocco’s National Office of Electricity and Drinking Water (ONEE).
Aziz Rabbah, Morocco’s Minister of Energy, said in an announcement ceremony held on the sidelines of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW), t that the two countries have made significant achievements in the field of renewable energy.
Rabbah added that these achievements made UAE and Morocco two of the Arab world’s leaders in green energy.
The Moroccan official also called for developing partnerships between Morocco, the UAE, and African countries in the field of renewable energies, given its strong potential impact ] in areas such as health and education.
According to Masdar, “the solar home systems, along with broader electrification initiatives, will provide 99 percent of rural Morocco with access to [renewable] energy, enhancing the lives of more than 95,000 people that did not previously have access to electricity.”
Thani Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Emirati Minister of Climate Change and Environment, has also welcomed the project and Moroccan-Emirati cooperation, noting that “the project mirrors the fruitful cooperation between the two countries as well as the brotherly ties and the historical relations between Morocco and the UAE.
The Emirati minister also lauded partnership between ONEE and Masdar, saying that the success of this project will pave the way for other cooperation projects.
Abderrahim El Hafidi, acting director general of ONEE called on Emirati companies to invest in renewable energy projects in Morocco, which will have a global budget of USD 30 billion by 2030.
The Emirati energy firm will run solar home systems for two years via its Engineering Procurement and Construction contractors. ONEE will replace Masdar for an additional eight years. The homes now provided with the energy will have to contribute an undisclosed small monthly fee.