Masdar hits halfway milestone in Morocco electrification project | Renewable Energy Magazine
Morocco’s renewables push isn’t limited to grand infrastructure projects – it also extends to home solar systems:
Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company Masdar has installed 50 percent of the solar homes systems in its innovative project to electrify rural Morocco.
The installation of 9,000 out of 17,670 systems across 940 villages comes only a year after the partnership agreement was signed between Masdar and Morocco’s Office National de l’Electricité et de l’Eau Potable (ONEE). The project is expected to be fully complete by the second half of this year. All the 290-watt solar home systems are designed, supplied and installed under a project that is being executed by the Masdar Special Projects team. Along with other local initiatives, the full installation will result in 99 percent of rural Morocco having access to energy by the end of 2017.
“The Kingdom of Morocco is a mature market for utility-scale renewables, but the country has also made exceptional progress in electrifying rural areas” said Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, the Chief Executive Officer of Masdar. “The UAE and Masdar are pleased that our partnership with ONEE is realising one of the largest and most innovative solar home installation projects, which is having a transformative impact on hard-to-reach communities throughout the country…[FULL STORY]