Morocco Goes Big On Solar Power

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Earlier this month, Morocco announced that it will invest $9 billion in solar energy to build five solar power farms across the country. The combined energy output will be 2,000MW. The northern African country hopes to be getting 38% of its installed power generation from the sun by 2020.

Even though no date was set for the solar project to get going, it has caused an international impact. Germany announced that they have donated $4m in support of Morocco’s solar power drive, according to Bikya Masr, a Cairo-based website. The donation will be used to develop local industry and research.

Elsewhere, Steel Guru today wrote that the European Investment Bank has “set aside” 500 million Euros to finance a solar power station in Ouarzazate, in the south of Morocco, which will export solar energy to Europe.

Morocco is the only northern European country that does not sit on oil reserves so it’s imperative for them to find renewable sources of energy. The country is blessed with plenty of sunshine therefore solar power presents itself as the most promising solution.

Article by Antonio Pasolini, a Brazilian writer and video art curator based in London, UK. He holds a BA in journalism and an MA in film and television.

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