According to HWP magazine, many European countries want 100% renewable electricity by 2050 as part of their climate change strategy. Spain's two existing links to Morocco are Europe's only electricity interconnections with the African continent. The first one was commissioned in 1998 and the second one in 2018. The third interconnection will allow the integration of renewable energy, mainly photovoltaic into the European system.
Morocco's electricity exports increased by more than 670% between 2018 and 2019. A new 700 MW Morocco to Spain link is planned to be used in 2026. There are other five projects for new power links between North Africa and the EU that could add 4.3 GW of import capacity if all are built. The country has around 330 days of sunshine a year thus making it an ideal location.
King of Morocco is turning a large useless chunk of the Sahara desert into a vital solar energy farm. Construction began in 2013 and cost more than 1 billion USD. It has 500,000 mirrors covering thousands of acres. It is the single largest solar plant in the world. It doesn't stop delivering energy at sundown. Any excess heat is stored in a tank of molten salts.
Morocco's goal is to reduce fossil fuel bills and focus on renewables while still meeting its energy demands which are increasing by 7% per year.
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