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“More than half of Morocco’s electrical installed capacity will be from renewable sources by 2026, about four years before the target date we originally set,” stated Tarik Hamane, executive director in charge of development at the Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (MASEN).

Tarik Hamane, Executive Director in charge of development, Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy | © MASEN
Tarik Hamane, Executive Director in charge of development, Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy | © MASEN

MASEN contributes to Morocco’s competitive renewable energy sector and leads development programs designed to drive and increase clean electricity-generation capacity.

“We are committed to optimizing Morocco’s renewable assets and achieving the United Nation’s sustainable development goals by delivering affordable and reliable energy,” Hamane said.

“Morocco already generates four gigawatts of renewable energy and another four gigawatts are under construction or at a final stage of development to provide green, carbon-free energy to power homes and industry.”

Solar: The Noor Solar Plant at Ouarzazate (the gateway to the Sahara Desert) is the world’s largest multitechnological solar power plant, including 510 megawatts of storage capacity (up to eight hours of storage, providing electricity even during the night). With a capacity of 580 MW, the plant supplies energy to approximately 2 million Moroccans.

Wind: The first phase of the Taza Wind Farm, constructed by EDF Renewables and Mi­tsui & Co., will begin operations in 2022. The farm is expected to generate 87 MW and deliver power to around 350,000 people.

Hydro: Morocco has 140 dams and more than 30 generate electricity with a combined capacity of over 1.7 GW. Sixty more dams are expected to be built by 2030.

MASEN is developing projects for green hydrogen to be commissioned starting from 2025.

“Morocco is working closely with more than 20 African countries to promote renewables across the continent,” Hamane said. “As a regional hub for renewable energy, we will continue to build capacity, provide power and drive progress.”

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