Voltalia has obtained permits for two hydropower plants of 9.8 MW and 7.2 MW in Morocco. The renewable energy producer and service provider secured the permits from the Moroccan Ministry for Energy, for the two projects located in the Middle-Atlas region.
“These permits come as a recognition of the extensive work done over the past three years by our Moroccan team,” declares Sébastien Clerc, CEO of France-headquartered Voltalia. “They confirm Voltalia’s capacity to position itself as a first class partner for the electricity provision of its clients, at a competitive price,” adds Yoni Ammar, CEO of Rabat-based Voltalia Morocco.
The permits follow positive technical approvals delivered by the National Bureau for Electricity and Drinking Water regarding the connection of the plants to the national grid. The concerned Water Basin Agencies have also given a green light, taking into account the quality of the projects presented by Voltalia. The electricity produced will be sold under long-term private PPAs, which are currently under negotiation with corporate clients.
Electricity plays a major role in advancing socio-economic development goals. However, across Africa, an estimated 600 million people still lack energy access. So far, less than 10 percent of Africa’s estimated hydropower technical potential has been utilized, Morocco being one of the few countries in Africa to show full commitment to electrification.
According to the World Bank, Morocco grew electricity access from 71.1 percent in 2000 to 98 percent in 2010 and 100 percent in 2012. In 2015, 34 percent of the country’s energy supply was provided by renewable energy. Despite the country’s impressive achievement in access to electricity, it has continued investing.