Abu Dhabi renewable energy company Masdar has completed an off-grid solar project that will bring electricity to 19,438 homes in more than 1000 rural villages in Morocco.
The Morocco Solar Home Systems (SHS) project is a partnership between Masdar and Morocco’s Office National de l'Electricité et de l'Eau Potable (ONEE). The initiative is part of Morocco drive to electrify all rural areas in the country.
“Morocco is a showcase for progressive policies and regulations that enable the adoption of renewable energy, and for effective public-private cooperation,” said Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, Masdar chief executive, at Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week. “This has paved the way for our partnership with ONEE to deliver the Morocco Solar Home Systems.”
He added that “off-grid solar has the capacity to deliver electricity access to remote regions practically and cost-efficiently”.
Abderrahim El Hafidi, acting director general of ONEE said: “The solar home systems project will help us provide over 99 per cent of our rural communities in Morocco with electricity. These remote, off-grid communities are often faced with challenging conditions in energy access, but this initiative is providing over 95,000 people with electricity through customized renewable energy solutions.”
Each of the installed systems delivered for the project consists of 290-watt solar panels and batteries, with sufficient storage capacity for up to three days. Each home is also provided with energy-efficient LED lamps and a 165-litre refrigerator.
Masdar will maintain the solar home systems for two years through its EPC contractors. After this time, ONEE will manage the network for an additional eight years. Each home-owner contributes a small monthly fee towards the upkeep of the technology.
Masdar has also signed a share purchase agreement with French renewables independent power producer Akuo Energy to take a 49 per cent stake in the Krnovo Wind Farm, Montenegro’s first wind project.
The agreement was signed by Niall Hannigan, Madar chief financial officer, and Eric Scotto, his counterpart at Akuo Energy, during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.