Champion of renewable energies, Morocco, forerunner in solar and water resources mobilization, shows the way on the African continent, underlines Friday France Info.
“The Kingdom, which hosted the COP22 in 2016, always wants to be at the forefront of the fight against global warming. In Glasgow, it announced that it was working on 50 renewable energy projects with an installed capacity of 3,950 MW, the equivalent of 3 to 4 nuclear reactors,” notes French public radio.
“The country, which has little oil and gas, already produces more than 4,000 megawatts of wind and solar energy, a reference in Africa. The share of renewable energy could exceed 60% in 2030,” writes France info on its website.
Having traveled to Glasgow to attend the COP26, the new Moroccan head of government Aziz Akhannouch announced a strengthening of the Kingdom’s climate ambitions, says the French radio, noting that the Moroccan authorities have set the goal of reducing greenhouse gases by 45.5% by 2030 and to quickly reach 52% of sustainable electricity. To date, 37% of Morocco’s electrical power is generated by renewable energy.
The new Moroccan government, adds the French public media, wants to put the turbo on research in the sectors of hydrogen, energy efficiency of buildings, smart grids (electrical network optimizing through digital distribution and consumption) and electric mobility, optimization of water, energy.
Morocco is a forerunner with its Noor Ouarzazate solar power plant with a capacity of 580 MW launched in 2009, one of the largest in the world. It provides electricity to more than a million households and reduces greenhouse gas emissions by one million tons per year, notes France Info.
“Morocco is now ranked the best African student and fourth in the world by the International Climate Action Network and the New Climate Institute in the 2021 Climate Performance Index. A model closely scrutinized by all of sub-Saharan Africa,” says the French public media.