Morocco Awards Three PV Projects, As Mena Gets Serious About Solar

Morocco’s latest solar award was timed to maximize publicity generated by the COP 22 conference, but it also throws light on a 1.4GW surge in Mena solar activity.

Moroccan renewables agency Masen took centre stage at COP 22 last week, in a ceremony to award a contract to develop 170MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity at three sites to Saudi private firm Acwa Power partnered by China’s Chint Group and Indian firms Sterling & Wilson and Shapoorji Pallonji.

The closing statement of COP 22, where global leaders gathered to adopt a climate change convention agreed in Paris last year (see p12), speaks of “extraordinary momentum on climate change worldwide.” Mena governments have been part of that surge, with a flurry of major solar projects taking shape – although their motivation is reducing fuel imports or demand for overstretched gas resources. (CONTINUED - 788 WORDS)

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