Sustainable and secure energy supply through solar power

Having solar energy available locally, helps to meet the rising demand for electricity without compromising energy security and environmental sustainability. However, Morocco heavily relies on imported coal and oil for energy generation which causes high emissions. This project helps to increase the share of renewable energy in the overall electricity mix and also reduces the dependency on fossil fuels by installing a solar power plant with a capacity of 150 MW.

The plant that is located about 200 km southeast of Marrakesh supplies around 500 GWh per year to the Moroccan electricity grid. By replacing some of the fossil fuel-based energy with clean electricity the project saves about 270,150 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually. It also offers job opportunities for local people and promotes the development of solar energy in the country.

How does solar energy contribute to climate action?

Although the development of renewable energy sources is increasing, energy from fossil fuels is still a significant part of energy production worldwide. This is associated with the release of large amounts of carbon emissions. The use of solar energy is a good way to provide people around the world with renewable energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Solar installations, implemented through solar projects, convert sunlight into electricity (photovoltaic) or heat (solar thermal). Even when the sky is cloudy, the solar thermal power plants generate heat and convert it into electricity. Photovoltaic projects use the photoelectric effect to convert sunlight into electricity.

The energy produced is typically fed into the national or regional power grid, reducing the share of fossil fuels in the electricity mix. In addition to reducing carbon emissions, solar projects also prevent the release of various pollutants associated with conventional power generation. Solar energy projects in the ClimatePartner portfolio are registered with international standards.

Contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Affordable and Clean EnergyBy providing 500 GWh of renewable energy to the national grid, the project promotes the use of solar energy potential in Morocco.
Decent Work and Economic GrowthDuring development, construction, and the operation of the plant the project creates job opportunities in the area. The project also promotes the development of skills in manufacturing, construction and operation of power plants.
Climate ActionThe project saves about 270,151 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year.
Project standardVerified Carbon Standard (VCS)TechnologySolar energyRegionAit Ougrour, MoroccoEstimated annual emission reductions270,151 t CO2Validated by4K Earth Sciences Private LimitedVerified by4K Earth Sciences Private Limited