The Moroccan Ministry of Religious Endowments and Islamic Affairs and the Société d’investissements Energétiques (SIE) have introduced the Green Mosques energy efficiency program to upgrade the energy performance of the country's places of worship. ENGIE has been awarded the energy upgrade contract for the first phase of 36 mosques.
With COP22 scheduled for November this year in Marrakesh, and on completion of a bidding round for contractors to cut the energy bills of the Kingdom's mosques, ENGIE has been awarded the contract for the first phase in consortium with its local partner RIO (Reduce Invent Optimize). This Moroccan company specializes in the design and implementation of water- and energy-saving projects, and offers turnkey solutions for reducing expenditure on energy.
Energy audits will be conducted at 36 mosques in Casablanca, Marrakesh and Agadir, together with upgrading of lighting systems to energy-efficient LED, installation of electricity meters and solar-powered hot water systems to reduce energy bills. An energy performance contract signed with SIE guarantees a minimum saving on energy bills of 40%, and provides for the maintenance of energy facilities to ensure maximum performance throughout the 5-year contract period.
ENGIE, which has been supporting Morocco for several years by engaging in a series of major projects to facilitate the country's energy transition, has therefore been awarded one of the very first contracts to improve the energy efficiency of Morocco's public buildings.
As a major stakeholder in renewables, energy efficiency and sustainable cities, ENGIE is working in Morocco alongside leading partners and contracting authorities, backed by a significant and recognized presence in facility management, energy services and power generation. ENGIE is also engaged in developing new wind power, solar power and natural gas projects in Morocco.