Morocco expands Masen renewables role
State-owned developer Masen’s expanded role has been confirmed with its conversion into the Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy, from its former more restricted remit as Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy. Legislation that passed through the government council on 24 June gives Masen the leading role in Morocco’s ambitious renewable energy programme, which seeks to generate 52% of the kingdom’s electricity from renewable sources by 2030 – a forecast that will be replayed again and again ahead of the COP22 climate talks, to be held in Marrakech on 7-18 November.
The new look MASEN will carry out studies to choose sites, implement construction, and manage and maintain renewables projects. Units developed under ONEE’s remit will pass to MASEN, including a programme to develop 1GW of wind via the 850MW Integrated Wind Energy Programme, and the 150MW Taza wind farm.
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We are pleased to announce that Ali Zerouali, Director in charge of developing Middle East and North Africa co-operation and partnerships at MASEN, will be joining our MENA Investment Exchange: Energy meeting in London on 29-30 September.