MASEN has revealed that Morocco is on the right track to reach its 2020 and 2030 objectives in terms of renewable energy.
Rabat – Morocco’s renewable energy capacity reached 3,685 megawatts (MW) by the end of 2019, including 700 MW of solar energy, 1,215 MW of wind power, and 1,770 MW of hydroelectricity, revealed the Moroccan Agency for Renewable Energy (MASEN).
While Morocco did not inaugurate any new power plants in 2019, the agency announced the launch of several solar energy and wind power projects in 2020, in order to reach the country’s goal of 6,000 MW capacity by 2020.
According to MASEN, the 2020 objective will be attained with the launch of the new projects.
Morocco aims to make 42% of its energy production renewable in 2020 and increase to 52% in 2030.
The Kingdom’s renewable energy is currently produced by four solar plants and 11 wind power plants. The solar plant of Noor Ouarzazate has the highest capacity, with 580 MW. In the wind power sector, the Tarfaya plant has the highest capacity, with 301 MW, followed by Aftissat and Akhfenir, with 200 MW each.
Planned projects that have not yet launched include the solar plants of Noor Midelt I and Noor Midelt II, with capacities of 800 and 230 MW respectively, along with other projects totaling a capacity of 1,150 MW of solar energy and 640 MW of wind power.
Finally, projects that are still in the planning phase include power plants in several regions of Morocco. The projects would total a capacity of 1,000 MW of solar energy and 570 MW of wind power.