As part of their commitment to cover 42 percent of their energy needs with renewable sources by 2020, Morocco is about to launch construction on the largest wind farm in Africa.
Tarafya, a city situated in southwestern Morocco, is home to this wind farm which stretches over 100 square kilometers. As of October 2014, the facility will generate up to 300 megawatts of electricity, which is enough power to fulfill the electricity needs of thousands of Moroccans. GDF Suez, a French energy company supporting this project, says this wind farm will help reduce CO2 emissions by 900,000 tonnes.
“This makes Morocco a world leader in wind power,” one official said.
Morocco is already home to various smaller-scale wind facilities throughout the country, and also is also expanding into solar energy. As of 2013, the country began constructing a 160-megawatt solar power plant that is expected to be completed by 2015.
This 690 million dollar wind farm will also be instrumental in creating jobs, requiring 50 employees and the assistance of 700 construction site staffers until the project is complete. The announcement of this project also comes to light just a couple of months after the Moroccan government pledged to invest $11 billion dollars into clean energy.