Genesis Morocco: Renewing the vision

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Genesis Morocco

Project Genesis is a strategic sustainable development framework for Morocco to translate from being a net importer of energy and a country facing water shortage issues, into the number one producer both of clean renewable energy and water in the region.

Sunday, November 1, 2009    <<Home

Renewing the vision

I should come back often to articulating my vision of Project Genesis.

Genesis has two components :

A. Project Solaris : Harnessing solar energy through massive CSP solar farms located in our southern provinces

B. Project Atlas : Using part of the energy produced to power water desalination plants located on the coastal areas. The logic being that the main cost of production, energy, stems from renewables that basically once past investment costs are freely and abundantly available.

After having achieved self independence in energy and efficiency in water resources management, we can be looking at several things :

1. Freeing ourselves of rainfall dependency by implementing an irrigation grid connected to the water desalination plants.

2. Next on the agenda, food independence through reclaiming non arable lands and desert farming using irrigation lines.

So theses are the main components of what I consider viable sustainable development for Morocco, energy, water and food self sufficiency in the first phase, then a strategy geared towards exports to neighboring markets and achieving regional dominance if theses fields.

Side benefits will include, a shrinking of the energy post in the budget, generating a national dynamic in the fields of renewables, being labeled as a green tourism destination, a green economy. Job creation.

Becoming the first carbon neutral country in the world and a destination for carbon offsetting services.