PROMASOL: Democratizing Access to Solar Water-Heaters (2011)

This is a case study prepared by the UNDP in the framework of the project PROMASOL, a UN-funded initiative aimed at developing the Moroccan solar water heating market.

The document provides an overview of the solar market in Morocco, a country with an annual average of 3,000 hours of sun. Despite such optimal conditions for the use of renewables, the imports 97% of its energy. Moroccan authorities strived to benefit from renewable sources of energy to produce at least 10% of the country’s energy needs by 2010. The Moroccan Ministry of Energy and Mines launched PROMASOL in 2002 with the support of the United Nations Development Programme to boost the solar water heating market in Morocco.

All the aspects of this PROMASOL programme are detailed such as the value chain creation, supply of solar water heaters and the creation in 2005 of the financial support mechanism - ‘Solar Industry Accompaniment’, which helps financially new enterprises in the solar energy sector. The economic, social and environmental impacts are also presented and some new perspectives of Moroccan Growth Strategy are developed. With regards to its economic impacts, PROMASOL has contributed to an increase in the number of solar water heaters. The installed collector area went from about 35,000 m2 in 1998 to more than 240,000 m2 in 2008.

Author: UNDP

Date: 2011

Pages: 19

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