This is the first town in Africa that only uses solar energy

The town of Id Mjahdi, in Morocco, has become the first town in Africa that only uses solar energy to supply itself.

In the community of Id Mjahdi, on the outskirts of Esauria, on the Atlantic coast, until recently the children used candles to study when it was getting dark. This town, despite being close to a tourist city in the offer that Morocco offers its visitors, had no electricity. Nor running water or other facilities. Now they supply only solar energy.

And this is where the electricity company Cleanenergy has wanted to experiment. They thought of a place that needed everything. So they could cover the full needs. First, the water tower. So that later the solar energy panels will arrive.

In Id Mjahdi they have installed a small solar farm of 8.32 kW of power. It is enough to give electricity to the 20 homes of the town, where more than 50 people live. All these houses were supplied with a refrigerator, a water heater, television and plugs to charge electronic devices.

The project shows how a seemingly isolated community can be self-sufficient in the energy plane. It is a formula of providing basic resources to populations where the power grid does not reach and it is very expensive to do so.

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The town also has a battery that allows you to store solar energy for five hours, for the time when there is no sunlight. All at a cost of $ 188,000.

Solar energy, a trick of Morocco for the future

It is not the only innovative project that has been launched on Moroccan soil. The largest solar thermal farm in the world is in the Alawi country. This is Noor, a monster that extends in the desert, along 3,000 hectares (the equivalent of 3,500 soccer fields).

The solar thermal power plant has a capacity of 580 MW and can supply more than one million homes. To get an idea, the plant would have the capacity to meet the needs of two cities like Marrakech.

The objective of Morocco is that in 2030 52% of its energy comes from renewables, mainly from solar energy. At the moment it is 35% what the country obtains from alternative sources.

Images: Sambaphi, John Englart (Takver)

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