Greenpeace Arab World and North Africa launched its short documentary “Morocco – Harnessing the Power of Solar” which highlights the incredible potential of decentralised solar energy in improving the daily life of Moroccan citizens, especially the most vulnerable ones.

The film tells the story of the people of Morocco, from the harsh reality of their daily life to the prospect of having within their grasp a sustainable, safe and everlasting source of energy that would brighten their future.

The documentary relates Greenpeace’s ongoing effort in the kingdom to further the deployment of renewable energy essentially at the decentralised level and comes as part of their continuous engagement with Moroccan local communities and environmental stakeholders.

Although Morocco has witnessed steady economic growth over the past 15 years, the country still faces several socio-economic challenges such as economic inequality, youth unemployment and poverty especially in rural population. Decentralised solar energy can play a significant poverty alleviation role in Morocco because it creates local investment benefiting essentially Moroccans. This is true especially in the most vulnerable communities through the provision of local jobs boosting local economies, and empowering communities by enabling them to produce their own energy as a source of electricity and additional income.

While Morocco is amongst the leading countries worldwide in renewable energy deployment with the inauguration of the Noor CSP plant in 2016 and ambitious targets of 52% of installed capacity by 2030, more commitments are expected from the government related to small scale decentralized solar energy such as PV systems to power houses, to complement the mega projects and to urgently work on creating the necessary enabling environment at the legislative, regulatory, financial and infrastructure level for a fast deployment of decentralized renewable energy.

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