As Morocco officially takes on the presidency of the 22nd international conference on climate change, the country seems well on course to meeting its renewable energy targets. Morocco has set itself the challenge of covering 42% of its electricity needs with renewable energies by 2020, and 52% by 2030.
Back in 2009, Morocco introduced a plan to construct 6,000 megawatts (MW) of installed capacities, divided evenly between wind, solar and hydroelectric energies. Now, with the COP22 in Marrakech in full swing, Morocco’s renewable energy ambitions are being achieved. Several factors explain its ambition to promote green energy: Morocco can take full advantage of its energy potential – the country enjoys a high level of sunshine and regular winds. Moreover, in a context where energy consumption is constantly growing, Morocco wishes to become energy self-sufficient, particularly in relation to its neighbour, Algeria, where it purchases approximately 97% of its natural gas.
The Group is providing support for Morocco in its desire to build a reliable and sustainable energy sector, aiming to produce more than 50% of its energy from renewable sources by 2030. The country’s electricity needs are growing annually by 6%. Facing these challenges, ENGIE is offering Morocco a full range of expertise through several projects, such as the largest wind farm in Africa near Tarfaya, which is generating the equivalent of 1.2 billion kWh, enough green energy to cover the needs of 1.5 million inhabitants. Meanwhile, ENGIE has won a new contract seeking to optimize the energy performance of Morocco’s mosques. The energy revolution also involves fieldwork consisting of training local people and raising awareness on climate change issues.