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?Since energy from solar panels is created without burning fossil fuels, it is considered emission-free. The growth of renewable energy production is essential to prevent global warming and secure energy supplies for the future. The amount of emissions saved by a solar energy project is calculated using the baseline method: how much CO2 would be released by generating the same amount of energy using standard energy production methods for the region?
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