Apr 4, 2013 - Morocco has decided to bet on the development of wind energy capacity which will provide nearly one-third of the country's renewable energy production in 15 years.
Apart from wind energy, the country develops also solar power and hydro power activities.
Altogether, renewable energies are expected to supply 42% of all the energy consumed in Morocco within 15 years.
As a French-speaking country, Morocco has attracted as partners three major French companies, namely GDF Suez (EPA:GSZ), EDF (EPA:EDF) and Lafarge (EPA:LG), which are engaged in different wind power projects in the kingdom.
More precisely, GDF Suez is one of the partners constructing the Tarfaya wind farm, which will have a 300 MW capacity. The facility is expected to come on stream at the end of 2014. The entire project is worth some EUR 300 million (USD 383m).
For its part, French state-run energy company EDF is involved in the construction of the 150 MW wind farm in Taza.
Finally, Lafarge is currently constructing a 30 MW wind unit.
The development of the wind energy sector in Morocco is based on two major factors, namely international tenders called by the local authorities and usually won by consortia, and a local bill which allows the production and sale of renewable energy.
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