18 July 2012
The “PV Technology Conference – North Africa 2012”, taking place on 10 September 2012 in Casablanca, will provide information on the policies and conditions currently affecting photovoltaics in North Africa for those interested in doing business there.
When it comes to solar energy, Morocco, a country recognised as being reliable and reform-oriented, is a step ahead of its neighbours: its state-run EnergiPro Initiative is intended to encourage industrial companies to invest in renewable energy projects with capacities of up to 50MW and the “Chourouk” programme aims to supply 200,000 private homes with cheap photovoltaic power by 2013.
In addition, MASEN, the Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy, was founded just over a year ago. A further advantage lies in the fact that Morocco is the only non-European country to be connected to the European power grid. Experts therefore believe that the country holds enormous potential as a future net energy exporter – particularly in view of its considerable solar resources. In addition to providing a detailed overview of the political framework and existing programmes that are in place, the PV Technology Conference – North Africa 2012 chiefly offers insights into the technological solutions available for exploiting solar energy in arid climates.
Concentrated photovoltaics (CPV) – a particularly financially attractive option in Morocco – will be showcased alongside crystalline and thin-film photovoltaics, and the spotlight will also focus on energy storage and off-grid photovoltaics. Another important topic at the conference will be the proportion of local content in the value added chain. This will address questions surrounding where companies can find skilled workers and high-quality components, as well as the elements that are needed to establish a production line. Marco Baraldo from TÜV Intercert, Giuseppe Sofia from Conergy and José Luis Villoslada Ecay from Isofoton are among the speakers. Between 100 and 150 participants from around the world are expected to attend the conference. These include government representatives, project developers and project planners, energy utilities, grid operators, analysts, manufacturers, system integrators, wholesalers, architects, developers, press representatives, representatives of research and development institutes, trade associations, private investors and bank representatives. The conference language is French with translation into English.