During 2018, the northwestern African nation of Morocco produced 35 percent of its electricity through renewable energy.
This past year, the country added 840 megawatts of renewable energy capacity, raising the country’s renewable energy capacity to more than 3,677 megawatts, according to Aziz Rabbah, the Moroccan Minister of Energy, Mining and Sustainable Development.
The country’s renewable capacity includes 700 megawatts of solar energy, 1,207 megawatts of wind energy and 1,770 megawatt of hydroelectric energy.
Morocco has a goal of producing 42 percent of its electrical power with renewable energy by 2020. And by 2030, Morocco has a goal of producing 52 percent of its electrical power with renewable energy.
Rabbah has previously stated that Morocco will invest $14 billion for the country’s energy needs between 2017 and 2023. Morocco has invested in developing energy production to decrease dependence on foreign energy sources.
“We have an annual energy demand increase of 2 to 4 percent, and more than 93 percent of Morocco’s energy needs are imported, compared to 98 percent in 2008,” Rabbah says.
Morocco’s King Mohammed VI created the country’s renewable energy strategy to meet national needs and fulfill its commitment to combat climate change and promote the use of clean energy. Recent Moroccan energy projects include an off-grid solar power project that provides energy access to more than 19,000 homes and 1,000 villages.