Published on 27 July 2011

Morocco takes a green turn with Ouarzazate solar station

Morocco takes a green turn with Ouarzazate solar station

With its project to build a "giant" solar power plant in Ouarzazate, Morocco is intent on becoming the first to benefit from the Mediterranean Solar Plan, an offshoot of the Union for the Mediterranean project so dear to French president Nicolas Sarkozy's heart. With financial backing from international institutions, Rabat is clearly aiming to emerge as a key power supplier to the European Union. While a number of hurdles remain to be cleared, the kingdom can count on the unfailing support of Paris in this endeavour. An overview of two years of "green diplomacy" that combines eye-catching announcements with discreet deals between friends.

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