A vision to turn Morroco into a renewable energy giant is well underway following next month’s opening of the ‘solar thermal plant’ at Ouarzazate. The giant power plant will use energy from the Sun to power a Moroccan city at night. The solar thermal plant at Ouarzazate will harness the Sun’s warmth to melt salt, which will hold its heat to generate energy in the evening.
The whole idea of turning Morocco into a Renewable energy-operating country is part of a vision from Morocco’s King Mohammed VI to turn his country into a renewable energy powerhouse. The country has been 98% dependent on imported fossil fuels, but the king was persuaded of the vast capacity of Atlantic wind, mountain hydro power and scorching Saharan sun.
The king’s plans are being enacted by environment minister Hakima el Haite.
“We are convinced that climate change is an opportunity for our country,” Minister Hakima el Haite explains.
The developers say phase one of the futuristic complex will bring energy to about a million homes.
As part of its national commitment to the Paris climate conference, Morocco has pledged to decrease CO2 emissions 32% below business-as-usual by 2030, conditional on aid to reach the renewables target.
According to Paddy Padmanathan of ACWA Power, who are running the thermal project, “If Morocco is able to generate electricity at seven, eight cents per kilowatt – very possible – it will have thousands of megawatts excess.”
Renewable energy is has fast become a preferred source of energy. Many countries are also on their respective initiatives of making Renewable energy available to all citizens with a long term hope that electricity cost less than what it currently is at the moment.