PERG electrifies Morocco
22 April 2010
The French Development Agency (AFD) is contributing to Morocco’s Global Rural Electrification Programme (PERG).
The PERG, a project launched by the Moroccan authorities and the National Electricity Office (ONE) in 1995, aims to bring electricity to the whole of the country as rapidly as possible.
In November 2009 the AFD granted a loan of 30 million Euros to the ONE to finance the fifth phase of the programme. It will be ratified today at a meeting organized in Rabat on the occasion of Earth Day.
The loan from the AFD will allow for the electrification of 449 villages. The Agency has already financed the earlier stages of the project, to the amount of 200 million Euros.
In Morocco, 45 percent of the population live in rural areas. The electrification of these regions will be carried out either by linking them to the interconnected grid or in a decentralised manner, thanks to photovoltaic equipment.
The PERG is also financing the construction of high-voltage lines and source stations.
These infrastructure developments will allow Morocco to meet a growing demand for energy. Between 2006 and 2007 the quantity of energy consumed increased by 7.1 percent.