Morocco: Solar energy power station financed by Japan
9 February 2010
A solar-powered electricity generating station with a power of 1 MW is going to be constructed in Morocco, financed by Japan to the amount of 7.4 million Dollars.
The plant is scheduled to go into service in 2011, and should supply more than 5,000 homes.
“This electricity generating unit based in photovoltaic cells will be the largest in Africa. (...) It is going to be constructed at Assa-Zag (South), thanks in particular to Japanese technology”, Japanese ambassador in Rabat Haruko Hirose told AFP on Thursday. The choice of Morocco for the development of renewable sources of energy has likewise encouraged the United Kingdom to enter into bilateral co-operation in this sector.
Charles Hendry, Conservative Party spokesman told the MAP agency on Tuesday that Great Britain was keen to explore new opportunities for co-operation.
He added that countries such as Morocco have great potential in the renewable energy sectors, such as solar and wind power.
Great Britain “takes seriously the challenges posed by the exhaustion of traditional energy resources”, he said.