UN climate conference in Marrakech

Germany promotes climate protection and fosters energy partnerships in Africa

German Development Minister Gerd Müller at the signing of a new financing agreement between the KfW banking group and Morocco's Energy Agency

Press release of 16.11.2016 |

Marrakech – Germany and Morocco have agreed to work together to enlarge what is the world's largest and most modern solar power plant in Ouarzazate even further. In a new financing agreement, Dr Gerd Müller, Germany's Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, pledged a further 60 million euros in loans for the project. The agreement, which is between the KfW banking group and Morocco's Energy Agency, was signed at the World Climate Conference in Marrakech. At the signing, Minister Müller said:

"This plant in the Moroccan desert, built with German assistance and know-how, is proof that by working together we can halt climate change. Morocco is engaged in an ambitious transformation of its energy system and is setting an example for the whole of Africa. By helping to fund the further expansion of the solar power plant in Ouarzazate, Germany is supporting Morocco in its plans while at the same time ramping up its economic cooperation. With the Ouarzazate plant, Germans and Moroccans have succeeded in taking a quantum leap forward in technological terms. This is also evident in the advances they have made in storage technology."

The Moroccan government has set itself the goal over the next four years of meeting 40 per cent of the country's energy demand through power from renewable sources. In fact, by 2030, 50 per cent of the country's power supply is to come from renewable energies. The solar power plant in Ouarzazate is to produce 580 megawatts of "green" electricity, which will supply over a million people. This will lead to a saving of 800,000 tonnes of CO2. So far, the German government has made loans totalling just under 830 million euros available for this project. And the turbines and parabolic mirrors for the plant were produced by German companies.

Travelling on to Mauritania, Minister Müller will have the opportunity later today of seeing a country that is being affected by climate change in multiple ways. The people of Mauritania are being affected not only by droughts and increasing desertification, but also by flooding of their coastal towns as a result of rising sea levels. That is why Germany is working with Mauritania on improving the protection of its coastal areas and making its fishing industry sustainable.

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