The Moroccan renewable energy sector has a new legal framework that finally will allow producers to sell surplus electricity to establishments connected to the high voltage or very high voltage grid of ONEE, the state owned utility responsible for the provision of electricity, as well as the operation of the transmission system.
The new measures approved in bill number 13-09—to amend the existing 58-15 on renewable energy development—will also raise the minimum capacity of hydro power projects to 30MW from the 12MW at present, reported Aujourd’hui Le Maroc.
Morocco’s national energy strategy is targeting to raise the share of renewable energy to 42% of the total installed capacity in the country by 2020, with solar, wind and hydro each contributing 14%. The country has several big projects ongoing in the solar, wind, and hydro sector.
The Noor concentrated solar power complex is projected to have total installed capacity of 500 MW, according to SeeNews.
On the wind side, the latest 300MW project was commissioned at the end of 2014 bringing the total installed capacity to 787MW and Morocco is expected to launch a further 850MW wind power tender by the end of 2015.
While awaiting take-off of investments in the hydro segment, ONEE plans to invest $41.3m to extend the life of existing hydro power production facilities.