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    Friday, November 25, 2016

    Morocco’s Green Revolution

    Wind in Morocco's sails as green energy revolution takes off

    November 16, 2016 (CNN)

    “…[Solar power is the obvious but not the only New Energy opportunity] in Morocco…For 80% of the year the wind blows at 17-20 miles per hour…[Big name wind industry players including Siemens and LafargeHolcim have been attracted to the resource and the] nation's pledge to produce 50% of electricity from renewable sources by 2030…German engineering giant Siemens has invested $109 million into the Moroccan energy market, building a manufacturing plant for the giant 207-feet-long wind turbine blades…[According to LafargeHolcim, its Tetouan cement plant, southeast of Tangier, is the first of its kind in the world to be powered by wind energy. Financed by the company's $50 million investment in Moroccan clean energy, 23 turbines produce 32 megawatts -- approximately 70% of the cement factory's needs…Those figures are small fry when compared to the Tangier wind farm, the second largest in Africa, which has nearly four times the capacity…[The kingdom's policy to have 50% of its energy mix coming from sustainable energy is pushing all the players] to innovate, according to the CEO of LafargeHolcim Marocco…” Morocco’s wind and solar resources (click here for more)

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