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Morocco starts EUR 200m programme for solar energy in agriculture

Photovoltaic power plant in Morocco. Photo by Isofoton.es, CC BY 3.0

September 28 (Renewables Now) - Morocco is preparing to roll out a EUR-200-million (USD 240m) programme to spur solar power investments in the agriculture sector by 2021.

The Ministry of Energy, Mining and Sustainable Development has earmarked MAD 2.3bn (EUR 207m /USD 243m ) to promote the use of solar energy to power water pumps for irrigation, helping farmers to reduce consumption of butane gas in farming operations.

Morocco is chasing after a bold target of sourcing more than half of its electrical energy from renewable sources by 2030 and a firm plan to have 2,000 MW of wind and 2,000 MW of solar power plants by 2020.

The North African kingdom, which hosted in Marrakesh COP 22, the 2016 UN climate change conference, already has а pretty detailed plan as to how it will transform the country’s energy mix.

 

( MAD 10 = EUR 0.9 / USD 1.06 )

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