After wind and solar, the Department of Energy announced the device for granting permissions to the private sector for hydropower production. A circular has been published by defining terms of implementation procedures for granting authorizations for the construction of production facilities hydraulic source, under the law 13-09 on renewable energy.
Note that beyond 12 MW, the hydropower production is reserved for ONE. The new circular stipulates, however, that based on the results of the study, the developer is required to carry a maximum of 12 MW of installed capacity and commitment to achieve, where exploitable site power is greater 12 MW, the additional exploitable power when the legislative framework permits. If the usable power is less than 12 MW, the developer and commit to achieve maximum exploitable. The provisional authorization of the Ministry is granted within a maximum period of three months after receiving the opinion of the onee and the agreement in principle of the latter.
Moreover on the part of the royalty, ABH are called analyze the elements of profitability of projects subject to concession, and that, by requiring the proponent of business plans for the concession period requested. Financial projection assumptions of the business plan will verify and may be adjusted by the ABH. The dealer will pay a fee to use the DPH for hydropower currently applied to Onee which is set at 0.02 DH / kwh. The rest is in the form of fee occupancy DPH whose rate and base are set by the concession contract.
To highlight that the operations of the 13-09 law has already been denoted by the launch of three projects of micro-hydropower plants with a total capacity of 23.5 MW, a company driven by the “Energy 2 Earth” in the region of Meknès-Tafilalet, a capacity of 1.5 MW and the other two with a total capacity of 22 MW developed by VTS-Energy near Khémisset and Tahar Souk. These projects will allow Moroccan industries to supply clean energy.