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Casablanca: Morocco on Pace To Run on 100 Percent Green Energy by 2050

2016/11/02

Morocco is set to become one of the initial African nations to run on 100 % green or renewable energy. According to the Morocco World News, a study carried out by a team of researchers from Stanford University shows that Morocco could go completely green by the year 2050.The research studied the energy prospects of 139 different nations with the aim of developing a feasible and hypothetical green energy scenario for each country.

Lead researcher Mark Jacobson, who developed a computer model which relates climate change to air pollution, says the data analysis reveals that an optimal energy portfolio for Morocco would be composed of 65.6 % solar energy, 29.7 % offshore and onshore wind energy, 2.5 % hydroelectric power, and an additional 2.1 % from marine energy.

Morocco is one of the few nations in Africa taking the world lead in the green energy revolution. The North African country is currently home to the world’s biggest solar energy complex, the Noor 1 power station, which is located in the desert city of Ouarzazate.

The plant, which opened in February 2016 and cost $3.9 billion to construct, is able to produce electricity into the night by storing solar energy in the form of heated molten salt. Upon completion, all Solar Project is expected to cost about $9 billion and produce an estimated 580 Megawatts (MW) of electricity per day.

The National Energy Strategy, which is a blueprint for the country’s next energy investments, as well calls for the development of additional renewable energy sources inclunding wind energy, hydroelectric power, and the installation of four new solar facilities in Beni Mathar, Foum El Oued, Boujdour, and Tah Sebkhat.

According to the plan, Morocco is set to generate an estimated 2000 MW of electricity from the combination of those renewable energy sources by the year 2020, with wind power contributing an estimated 14 % of the total all. The strategy again anticipates the country to generate 52 % of the country’s entire energy needs from renewable sources by 2030.

Unlike most of its neighbours in North Africa, Morocco is not blessed with viable crude oil deposits, forcing the country to look inwards for sustainable gain generation, which has allowed tourism and agriculture to become major sources of government revenue.

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