Resting along the Barbary Coast is the Kingdom of Morocco, a constitutional monarchy about the size of California, that has ambitious plans to cut its dependence on fossil fuels and make the change to green renewable energy.
This small desert nation is now seeking clean energy independence and is asking the world to join them in a green revolution.
This Arab nation has recently set a royal goal to ensure that 40 percent of its electricity demand is met from renewable energy sources by 2020. This is an extremely aggressive goal considering more than 90 percent of its current energy use is fossil fuel based and imported. Morocco envisions on the horizon of 2020 to produce 42% of its energy domestically with a 14% hydro capacity, 14% solar capacity and 14% wind capacity.
With these aggressive goals, it shouldn’t be surprising that King Mohammed VI of Morocco isn’t afraid of what anyone thinks when he talks about the reality of climate change. And talk he does.
In a message to world participants at the September 2102 conference in Morocco, Energy Challenges in the Euro-Mediterranean Region, King Mohammed said:
“Convinced of the vital importance of protecting and preserving the environment, and having realized at an early stage—thanks to its geographical location—the potential impact of climate change, my country resolutely opted for sustainable development which, needless to say, goes hand in hand with human development.”
Already boasting Africa’s largest wind farm, Morocco has made great strides in advancing its green energy sector and has already launched the construction of a 160-megawatt solar power plant near the desert city of Ouarzazate, which is slated for completion next year.