Renewable energies grow in Morocco thanks to EGP

Published on Tuesday, 9 October 2018

“Morocco has become and example and a leader in Africa and around the world in the field of renewable energy and in the fight against climate change.”

– Adnan Amin, Director General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

The country has set the goal of generating 2,000 MW of wind energy, 2,000 MW solar and 2.000 MW of hydropower by 2020, aiming to reach a renewable capacity of 1.5GW a year.

To achieve these goals, a specific legislative framework and integrated national plans were created. The solar project, carried out by the Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy (MASEN) will generate investments of over 9 billion dollars between now and 2020, and will allow them to save 3.7 million tonnes of CO2 a year.

With EGP, toward the Future of Renewables in Africa

Guaranteeing energy security and access to electricity to a continent in constant demographic growth, like Africa, is a both a great challenge and a great opportunity.

Enel Green Power has been active in Africa since 2011 with several projects, aiming to bring to light a new development model using clean energy. The latest news is the start of construction work on the Ngonye solar project in Zambia, that, once in operation, will produce about 70 GWh a year.

Morocco has positioned itself in recent years as a leader of the African countries in the fight against climate change and in the development of renewable energy, which reached 34% of the capacity installed in the country in 2017, according to the Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (MASEN).  A commitment carried out specifically by the Moroccan king, who launched a long process of liberalization of the energy market.

The Mediterranean African country has the potential of becoming a future energy hub for renewables and Enel Green Power’s presence on the continent is contributing to the achievement of Morocco’s energy objectives, speeding up its evolution and fostering the growth of clean energy generation on medium and high voltage networks.

As part of a consortium with Siemens and the local company Nareva, Enel Green Power was officially put in charge of the construction of five wind plants throughout Morocco, for a total of 850 MW.

Furthermore, one of EGP’s future prospects is also the participation in new tenders to increase photovoltaic capacity in the country, being a global leader in the development of concentrated solar power (CSP) systems already.

“Enel Green Power, thanks to its international presence, is becoming one of the leaders in the sector in Morocco, allowing for the development of local skills and know-how to improve the production of renewable energy as a new energy source in Morocco, instead of the fossil energy we are currently using in this country.”

– Chami Abdelilah, Morocco CSV Manager EGP

In Morocco, there are many growth possibilities for sustainable development. We are ready to accompany the country toward the future of renewables, bringing our expertise to a continent where energy access is a fundamental requisite to improving the economy and quality of life.