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    Morocco Has 100% Electricity Penetration Rate, Highest in Africa

    Electricity penetration in Morocco remains the highest on the continent, with the country now shifting focus to boosting the share of clean energy.

    23 Jun 2022

    Rabat - Morocco is among a short list of three African countries with an electricity penetration of 100% as of 2022, according to a new report.

    Published by Energy Capital & Power, an energy-focused platform, the report indicates that Morocco, Egypt, and Tunisia are the only African countries with an electrification rate of 100%.

    The data is in line with estimates from the World Bank setting the electrification rate in the North African Kingdom at 100% in 2020.

    The Energy Capital & Power report further underscores Morocco’s high potential in terms of the renewable energy market, noting the county is steadily approaching its 2030 target of reaching an energy mix of 52% electricity sourced from wind and solar.

    Despite Morocco’s significant progress in boosting its green energy production capacity, the country still lags behind in some key metrics relating to green energy targets.

    A recent World Bank publication shows that only 15% of Morocco’s rural population had access to clean energy solutions in 2020, while access to clean cooking solutions in urban areas stood at 69%.

    In its report, published on June 2, the World Bank sounds the alarm about the dire state of access to energy solutions. Unless countries set up a transition to clean cooking solutions, it stressed, more than 2.1 billion people, including in Morocco, will continue to use transitional cooking solutions like biomass, kerosene, and coal.

    Setting aside environmental risks, traditional cooking solution entails significant health hazards, especially for women who, given prevalent gender roles, run the highest risk of exposure to the toxins.

    According to some estimates, carbon-intensive cooking solutions have caused up to 4 million premature deaths in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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