Renewable energies: The rural electrification rate reached 99.83% in 2022

The Minister of Energy Transition and Sustainable Development, Leila Benali, unveiled, during the presentation of the draft sub-budget, the progress of the energy transition sector and the projects and prospects, noting that 325 villages in Morocco have been connected to the national electricity grid.

In a presentation of the sub-budget for the energy transition component before the productive sectors committee of the Chamber of Councillors, the Minister of Energy Transition and Sustainable Development, Leila Benali, revealed that her department was able to provide coverage electricity for 325 villages, or 7,451 dwellings, thus bringing the rural electrification rate to 99.83%. This connection project to the national electricity grid cost around 262 million dirhams.

Benali said that his department plans in particular to connect 200 villages to electricity including 4,778 homes with a total investment of around 129 million dirhams, which means increasing the rural electrification rate to 99.92%. .

The Minister indicated that it is envisaged, for the period 2022-2023, to produce an electrical capacity of approximately 1.417 additional megawatts, in addition to the renewable energy development projects carried out after the adoption of draft No. 82.21 relating to production. It should be recalled that the legal framework for electricity production from renewable energy sources in Morocco has made it possible to double the opportunities for the private sector to invest in this vital area and also to boost electricity production in order to achieve the objectives set by the national strategy and meet the needs of citizens at lower prices.

Benali announced that a capacity of about 203 megawatts has been exploited from renewable energy resources this year. The ministry has also authorized new projects with the aim of increasing national electricity production and reducing energy dependence.

She confirms that her department will continue the development of several projects focusing on renewable energies as well as the exploitation of the wind energy project currently in the city of Oualidia which has a capacity of approximately 36 megawatts and will registered under Law 13.09 and the Taza wind project, with a capacity of approximately 87 megawatts, under contract production.

Additionally, Benali said a roadmap has been prepared outlining the steps that need to be followed to assess, review and update the national strategy. The document includes in particular a definition of the strategic vision and national challenges related to sustainable development, the definition of the strategic objectives set in addition to the recommendations.

Concerning the National Household Waste Program, the minister pointed out that the projects developed during the current year would continue, and added that the financial cover intended for them is 200 million dirhams, while favoring the continuity of projects that have already obtained the first installments of funding, in particular for projects that have already been completed.

Recall that the national energy strategy aims to ensure electricity production from renewable energies amounting to more than 52% by 2030, noting that the electricity capacity established from renewable sources reached about 4 gigawatts in 2022. This ambitious strategy of the Kingdom has been able to attract more and more foreign investors, including European companies, to this promising sector, thus increasing the possibility of quickly achieving its flagship objective.

According to experts, Morocco has no choice but to accelerate local or international investments in the renewable energy sector in order to be able to reduce its energy bill, which has reached record highs with the dizzying rise in the price of energy materials 100 % imported.

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