Year 2009, Morocco implemented a visionary energy sector development proposal that committed to raising the country’s share of renewable energy to 42% of national capacity by 2020.
The country stressed that executing a climate change alleviation strategy through opening of clean energy technologies would give to the country’s economic growth. Concurrently, intensely concerned about its energy safety and dependence on imported energy, Morocco also observes this method also as means to altering the authenticity of being the Middle East’s largest energy importer. Morocco distinguished the twin benefits of adopting climate-friendly strategies to enhance its energy security and adapt the trajectory of the country’s development to reduce its global carbon footprint.
Even with concessional financing, nevertheless, the plant’s output keeps on more expensive than the system cost of power, thus requiring public financial support. For tactical reasons, the Government of the Kingdom of Morocco has committed to give these subsidies for this and, to whatsoever extent necessary, suceeding plants in the Morocco Solar Plan (MSP). Aside from the positive effect on Morocco’s energy security and climate change agenda, the government is also executing the MSP, including Noor I, within its general industrial integration outline that seeks to extend Moroccan industries and the country’s competitiveness as a regional “early mover” of green technology and expertise.
Morocco is already known as a local leader in climate change strategy and is setting the standards in solar energy for other countries in MENA to follow.