Morocco must scale up private and public investment in renewable energy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in line with its commitments under the 2015 Paris Agreement, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said in a new report on Morocco's energy policy.
Morocco has set a target of 40% of installed power capacity from renewable resources by 2020, rising to 52% by 2030, equivalent to 6 GW of new capacity.
"Morocco has ample opportunities for efficiency improvements and more renewables deployment. For now, the country still relies on oil, gas and coal imports for 90% of its energy needs. In power generation, coal accounts for 54%," the IEA noted.
Morocco's development of the world's largest CSP park at Noor Ouarzazate "illustrates Morocco’s ambition and technological capability," the IEA said.
Image: Morocco's Ouarzazate solar power complex has provided a crucial platform for CSP industry innovations.
Noor Ouarzazate hosts three operational CSP plants of combined capacity 510 MW. All three CSP plants have storage capacity and were developed by a group led by ACWA Power.
Morocco will also soon announce the winner of its Noor Midelt CSP-PV project which will include at least 300 MW of CSP capacity and a minimum of five hours storage.
Morocco's favorable renewables development framework has allowed CSP developers to reduce costs.
"Morocco’s success in moving towards universal access and phasing out fossil fuel subsidies is a role model for many countries, making it an ideal partner to host regional training and capacity building programmes that help to improve energy policy making across Africa," Fatih Birol, executive director of the IEA, said.
Morocco became an IEA association country in 2016.
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