Five years after Ouarzazate’s first solar power plant was launched to great fanfare, delays continued to accumulate and losses continued to increase.
On Monday, March 29, at the Casablanca Airport, Mustapha Bakkoury didn’t know what he was waiting for. It is expected that Dubai will prepare for the Moroccan Pavilion at the World Exposition. Therefore, the Director of the Moroccan Sustainable Development Agency (Ma Sen) was barred from boarding the plane and was barred from leaving the territory.
According to the Moroccan media, the decision was launched in response to mismanagement and misappropriation of public funds against Masen leaders. For months, the agency responsible for piloting one of the most important projects during the reign of Mohammed VI has been at the center of a storm of criticism related to solar project management, and the Noor power plant in Ouarzazate is right in front of them. .
The King established this solar complex in 2016 in front of Ségolène Royal, the former Minister of the Environment of France, which was divided into four power plants with an installed capacity of 580 MW, which was then one of the largest power plants at the time. Worldwide, Morocco should be allowed to reduce electricity costs.
The country imported more than 95% of its energy needs and set its own goal: to achieve 42% of its electricity from renewable energy sources (solar, hydro and wind) by 2020, and then reach 52% by 2030. Morocco, the host country of COP22, also pledged to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 32% by 2030.
But five years after the first factory was launched with fanfare, delays continued to accumulate and losses increased. As of the end of 2019, the installed capacity of renewable energy reached 3,701 MW, accounting for 34% of the total installed capacity. Mason received 20 billion dirhams (approximately 1.8 billion euros) in loans from more than a dozen international institutions and obtained state guarantees to fund Noor, while his deficit was growing dangerously.