Genesis Morocco: Empowering Regions, A Race for the Future

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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.

Thursday, March 10, 2011    <<Home

Empowering Regions, A Race for the Future

It is one of theses rare moments in history where you can catch a glimpse of history in the making and reminds me a late evening in Mexico's capital when Vicente Fox acceded to power, a historic moment for Mexico.

What does it mean for the energy reconversion of Morocco and what is desirable?

We should see a race between the regions for the attraction of renewable energy projects take place. And a mighty efficient way to do that is through setting standards at state level. Regions working towards those standards of energy efficiency could be rewarded by a kickback from the state in the form either of direct allocation or through taking part in the capital of a newly formed entity that would be part state and part private capital owned.

A new, energy concern could thus emerge in the future through the incorporation of many regional entities once they mature.

Morocco is richly endowed with renewable resources, so sky is literally the limit. That regions should take part in this race, one that Morocco as a country is conducting, is desirable and accelerates the path towards energy independence.

Also it would stimulate the economical sector at regional level, and my thoughts here are directed at all the regions of Morocco from north to south, but especially at the regions that need an impulse and investment, the Moroccan Sahara is a natural candidate for the implementation of massive solar and wind energy projects that have the potential of lifting the region out of its marasm by providing jobs and opportunities for the population.

On the north, renewables can be employed to help offset the cost of seawater desalination, the implementation of theses stations would help solve seasonal droughts episodes and possible water shortages, but also position northern provinces as actors in the water business, with water pipelines alimenting the inner land, and possibly Algeria.

This is all I can think of for now, but surely there is more to be said and I will come back to the subject. Right now I can see a synergy between the efforts of the regions to enter the energy and water markets and the state efforts to cut its energy dependency and secure water resources.  

A project that took shape in my mind 5 years ago and that I called Project Genesis Morocco. It has since made major inroads towards becoming a reality. 

God Bless Morocco !