A French news publication recently release an article stating that the Kingdom of Morocco is seriously committed to its ambitious plan aiming to moderate its energy dependency.
The article entitles “Ouarzazate, solar energy at its height”, the report termed Ouarzazate as the “gateway to the desert”.
According to the report, City of Ouarzazate will host the one of the largest solar plants in the world – the largest in Africa – and the project Lighthouse Solar Plan as Morocco, without oil, has built a national priority.
Noting about that the solar plan, the Kingdom made a top priority through the Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy (Masen) by laying provisions for getting 2,000 megawatts, in five sites, by 2020 for an amount of 9 bln dollars (6.5 bln euros) to provide 14% of the country’s energy needs.
The article also stated that the solar plan is starting to take concrete substance in Ouarzazate with a huge complex including four plants for a total output of 500 MW, recalling that the construction of the first “Noor 1″, as well as its exploitation for 25 years, was given to Saudi Acwa Power, part of a consortium of Spanish companies.
The development of solar industrial sector and related infrastructure was designed as an opportunity for planning and development of the regions in which they are implanted. The country aims to develop land extended to low economic value the best solar spots in the country are located in desert areas, the article stated.