By Mohammed Amine Benabou
Rabat – On Tuesday, February 26, Solaire Expo Maroc, a Moroccan exhibition for solar technology, opened its doors in Casablanca.
As one of the important gatherings in Morocco in the solar energy sector, the exhibition is being held at the Casablanca Fairs and Expositions office near the Hassan II Mosque.
Under the patronage of King Mohammed VI, the eighth Solaire Expo Maroc is expected to run for three days, February 26-28, under the supervision of the Ministry of Energy, Mines, and Sustainable Development and the Ministry of National Planning, Urban Planning, Housing, and Urban Policy.
The event is hosting 100 national and international exhibitors showcasing their latest products and most recent innovative technology trends and is expected to attract more than 8,000 national and international professional visitors.
Among the event’s distinguished representatives are Moroccan energy minister Aziz Rabbah, the founder and director of Solaire Expo Maroc Rachid Bouguern, and diplomats from China, Switzerland, and the United States. The event also boasts experts and academics from universities and institutions across the world.
Towards more renewable energy
In his opening speech, Rachid Bouguern praised the event’s endeavor to promote a dynamic solar energy sector, enhance energy efficiency, and keep pace with ambitious renewable energy programs in the kingdom.
While Morocco relies on imported fossil fuels for most of its energy needs, the Noor Solar Plant in Ouarzazate is making one of the world’s largest concentrated solar farm. The plan will provide 580 megawatts, saving the planet from over 760,000 tons of carbon emissions.
Morocco’s vision is to increase its renewable energy production to 52 percent of its energy production by 2030.
Bouguern commended the contribution of the event to building cooperative relationships among stakeholders at the national and international levels both in the private and public sectors.
The director emphasized how this year’s exhibit, like previous ones, is marked by the presence of prominent entrepreneurs and institutions like Institute Research Energy Solaire Et Energies Nouvelles the Institute of Research in Solar and Renewable Energies (IRESEN), the Moroccan Agency for Energy Efficiency (AMEE) and companies and associations like Resovert, EMC, and Cluster.
In addition to Morocco, the event has received a sizeable number of participants from different countries. Key among these countries are France, Belgium, Germany, Turkey, Tunisia, China, Côte d’ivoire, India, Spain, and Italy.