Morocco to spend $1bn a year on renewables to slash energy imports

Morocco intends to follow the UAE’s example in creating large scale desert solar farms (Skymediapro/Dreamstime)
Morocco has set a target of investing $1bn a year in solar and wind power with the aim of generating a majority of its energy from renewables and cutting its electricity imports, business website Zawya reports.

It will add up to 1GW a year to its installed capacity.

Morocco produced around 4.6GW from renewable energy last year.

It wants renewables to be 52% of its energy mix by 2030 and nearly 80% by 2050.

That would dramatically cut its energy import bill, which stands at $15bn a year.

Leila Benali, Morocco’s energy minister, said this level of spending was “unprecedented” and would be supplemented by a 300% growth in private investment.

According to Moroccan website Atalayar, she said the increase in generating capacity would require upgrades to the national grid.

The government is planning to lay a 1,400km transmission cable with a capacity of 3GW to bring electricity from the south to the more heavily populated north of the country. 

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