France and Morocco in solar deal
France helps fund landmark plant; power deal expected
France and Morocco are to collaborate on a large-scale solar facility in the North African country following a $146m French investment.
Industry and Energy Minister Eric Besson has announced that the French Development Agency has allocated the funding to what’s being described as the “centerpiece of the Mediterranean’s solar plan.”
The programme – which was originally announced in 2009 – will see a 2,000 megawatt solar plant constructed in Morocco at a cost of some $9 billion, planned for operation in 2020 and covering almost half of the country’s electricity needs.
By the end of the year a deal is also expected with France on the long-term purchase of clean energy from Morocco.