Europe is known to have the best electricity connections unlike Most African which are still struggling. Accessibility and constant power black out is still a problem for most countries.
Morroco is first African powerhouse to supply electricity to to France. The two nations signed a memorandum of understanding to build a third power link connecting their electricity systems in 2019.
Spain’s two existing links to Morocco are Europe’s only electricity interconnections with the African continent.
Although Spain wants to transition to renewable energy as a means to reduce its carbon footprint, it cannot help importing cheap electricity from Moroccan thermal units.
The connection between the two countries is from a 28 km subsea interconnection with a technical capacity of 700 MW was commissioned in 1997 and started commercial operation in May 1998, offering Spanish and Moroccan energy stakeholders the opportunity to forge bilateral power contracts.
King of Morocco ceremonially switched on the Noor I concentrated solar plant (CSP), he was hoping to turn his country into a renewable energy powerhouse over the next ten years.
Built by Saudi-owned ACWA Power, construction on the Noor I plant began in 2013 and cost about $1 billion. Its 500,000 mirrors cover thousands of acres and generate up to 160 megawatts, making this one of the world’s biggest solar thermal power plants.
CSP is such a promising technology that the International Energy Agency (IRENA) estimates that 11 percent of the world’s electricity generation in 2050 could come from CSP.
But high costs deter many utilities from using the technology, especially in emerging markets.