Morocco embraces solar energy

Morocco plans to cover 42% of its energy needs with renewable sources by the year 2020. In pursuit of this goal, the country plans to install solar power plants with a total capacity of 2,000 MW. The country's ambitious plans were unveiled by Mohammed Yahya Zniber, Secretary-General of Morocco’s Ministry of Energy, Mines, Water & Environment at the PV Technology Conference - North Africa held for the first time ever in Casablanca on 10 September 2012. Unlike other countries, Morocco has no legally fixed feed in tariff. Instead the Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy (MASEN) coordinates funding for individual projects and programs.

Morocco's strategy is geared more toward utility scale systems then a distributed energy supply. Up to now, the country has had to import 97% of its energy. Morocco, with its close proximity to Europe, plans to be a net energy exporter over the long term.

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