A new German-Moroccan energy partnership agreed in July and officially launched in Rabat last week shall promote the expansion of renewable energy sources in Morocco and give political backing to the Desertac project. The cooperation also extends to the expansion of power grids, energy efficiency and energy research?
On behalf of their countries, the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) and the Moroccan Energy Ministry agreed on the key points of the partnership and first cooperation projects.
With the only electricity line connecting Africa and Europe and with its ambitious plans to expand renewable energy, Morocco was an ideal partner for Germany and host for the launch of Desertec projects, German Economics Minister Philipp Rösler said in July, pointing out that Morocco in turn could benefit from Germany’s knowledge and experience in the field of renewable energy.
The Desertec Foundation is a global civil society initiative, which strives to shape a sustainable future. It is the initiator and shareholder of the industrial initiative Dii GmbH, a limited liability company pursuant to German law. Dii is a private industrial consortium working towards enabling the Desertec vision in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa (EUMENA) by establishing pilot projects for solar and wind power in desert regions. German companies like the utilities RWE and E.ON, Deutsche Bank, Siemens and Schott Solar are shareholders of Desertec.
A high-level steering group shall manage the German-Moroccan energy partnership. Different working groups, including one flanking the Desertec projects, shall comprise government and industry representatives from both countries.
At present, Morocco almost exclusively imports fossil fuels to meet its energy needs. Renewable energy currently only covers just over 5% of primary energy demand. To meet the rapidly rising energy demand, Marocco strives for 42% of the installed generation capacity to consist of solar, hydro and wind power by 2020, making Morocco a pioneer for renewable energy, as BMWi points out.
Source: Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (press release concerning the official start of the partnership – in German); Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (press release concerning the agreement of the partnership – in English)
Source: Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology