Morocco to increase share of solar energy in rural electrification
Morocco, Economics, 6/3/2004
Moroccan Energy and Mining Minister, Mohamed Boutaleb, said Tuesday, the share of solar energy in the rural electrification program currently accounts for over 3 percent and will be increased to reach 8 or 10 percent by 2007-08.
Boutaleb, who was addressing an international conference on renewable energy held in Bonn, said this strategy will be consolidated through an agreement with Germany on the support of the thermosolar energy.
The Moroccan official told MAP a declaration of support will be signed between the two countries during the conference. He said the document concerns the promotion of adequate market conditions for the construction of a thermosolar power plant of 6000 MW by 2015.
Morocco, Boutaleb said, is determined to carry on efforts to increase the use of renewable energy, as part of what he described as a "strategic option" to promote social and economic sustainable development.
Means to promote the use of renewable energy topped the debates of the four-day conference that is bringing together 3,000 participants, including over 130 ministers and 350 parliamentarians in addition to international organizations, researchers and NGOs.
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