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22 November 2023

Sustainable Spotlight – Solar Project Funding

At SmartestEnergy Business, we’re committed to exploring positive climate action and engaging in global social responsibility. To acknowledge our recent company milestone of reaching 50,000 customers, we're excited to announce the funding of a solar power project in Morocco. Working in partnership with Ecologi, this new initiative provides renewable energy options whilst enabling access to thousands of jobs and healthcare for the local residents. In this article, we’ll look at why the project is so important in taking a step towards a more sustainable future.
What is the solar power project?

The Ouarzazate solar power station is ones of the largest solar project in the world, providing almost 7,000 jobs in the local community. It is created from thousands of concaved mirrors, generating 582 megawatts of power annually and maintaining up to 7 hours of solar energy storage, even after the sun has set. Our contribution to the Solar Power Project will prevent 33,775 tonnes of CO2 emissions every year.

Alongside the renewable energy benefits to the environment and energy market in Morocco, this solar power project has helped the local community gain access to a mobile hospital, providing health services including ultrasounds and donations to their medical centre. With the help of funding, the project has also provided local school buses which has directly reduced the rate of school dropouts in the area.

The primary energy consumption in Morocco is from ‘brown energy’ otherwise known as fossil fuels, with around 90% of energy being sourced from oil and coal power. This created a space for a need for renewable energy sources to help the people of Morocco reach a greener, more responsible future.

To further this, the region chosen for the project is especially fertile for solar energy generation, receiving one of the highest annual amounts of sunlight than any other area in the world. With this abundance of solar energy and vast deserts, there’s tremendous renewable potential. By supporting the project and investing in the infrastructure in Morocco, we aim to enable the country’s transition to clean energy whilst reducing the reliance on heavy carbon emissions.

Key project highlights
  • Solar farms: investing in powerful solar panels, harnessing an abundance of light energy to transfer into electricity. These farms will have a substantial capacity to power homes and businesses in the region. 
  • Local employment: This project is not just about sustainable energy; it’s also about creating opportunities for the local workforce. We’re proud to support job creation in the Moroccan community.
  • Community healthcare: Throughout the solar farm production, the project has organised a mobile hospital, providing services to the locals. Alongside this, the project has donated to the area’s medical centre.
  • Educational initiatives: The project has also funded a minibus for school children to help boost educational initiatives. As a result, the school drop-out rates have reduced.
  • Reduced carbon emissions: By shifting from conventional fossil fuel-based electricity generation to solar power, we’ll make a substantial contribution to reducing carbon emissions and mitigating climate change.
Join us in making a difference

Whilst we’re excited about our solar project transformation in Morocco, we believe that creating a greener generation is a collective effort. To help us on our journey supporting the global drive to net zero, we encourage you to explore ways that your business can reduce its carbon emissions and consider choosing our renewable energy products.

If you are interested to read more about this Verified Carbon Standard project, you can find it on our Ecologi dashboard here:

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