Thanks to the Noor Ouarzazate mega-solar power plant, nearly two million Moroccans now benefit from electricity. This investment will also prevent the emission of around one million tonnes of greenhouse gases per year, Energy, Mines and Environment Minister Aziz Rabbah said last Tuesday.
Speaking at the 5th session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA), Rabbah said that the 580 MW Noor Ouarzazate mega-solar power plant can supply two million Moroccans with electricity, proof that the kingdom is very committed in terms of the environment and sustainable development. He also recalled Morocco’s subscription to all multilateral environmental agreements and its determination to include them in its socio-economic development policies and programs, reports MAP.
“This political commitment, driven at the very high level of the State by King Mohammed VI, materialized with the adoption of the National Sustainable Development Strategy (SNDD) in June 2017, as a unifying framework for sectoral development, aimed at ensuring Morocco’s transition to a green and inclusive economy by 2030, ”he said. At the territorial level, several partnership agreements have been signed with the regions of the kingdom, with the aim of translating the strategic orientations of the SNDD into the regional development plans.
With regard to the essential role played by the energy sector in achieving its sustainability objectives, mainly in the context of the post-Covid −19 recovery, the kingdom has adopted a national energy policy objectifying the valuation of its renewable energy resources, the strengthening of energy efficiency and regional integration.
In this sense, today, nearly 4,000 MW of energy from renewable sources are already available with 750 MW solar, 1,430 MW wind, and 1,770 MW hydroelectric, or more than 37% of the total installed capacity, has indicated the government official, pointing out that another even more ambitious solar project named “Noor Midelt”, has been launched for a large capacity of 1,600 MW.