Solar Maghreb in Casablanca, Morocco on 24-25 May 2011 is the must-attend utility-scale solar conference to make contacts within the five Maghreb nations – meaning “the Western” ones, in Arabic – of Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Mauritania and the Western Sahara.
Most of the national governments of the Maghreb region are now investing large sums of money in solar power to reach recently set renewable energy targets by Morocco.
With Desertec, and the region’s proximity to Europe, the future export potential of the region is high. With high levels of solar radiation, Solar Maghreb is one of the most attractive renewable energy investment destinations in the world.
So competition for a piece of the market will be high. Morocco’s Request for Qualification for their first solar facility received an overwhelming response from both local and international players.
This is your chance to find out in detail what each nation’s solar plans are, and criteria and the deadlines for applications, get up to date on Desertec, discover what the options in the region are for debt, equity and other sources of financing, and benefit from the experience of your peers with cutting edge large scale CSP and PV plant case studies.
But it is not just a one way street. Companies are also setting up manufacturing facilities in the region and moving into the manufacture of solar technologies and components.
Whether your interest is as a senior level representative for a solar developer seeking to do business in one of the Maghreb nations, or as an organization offering financing or Power Purchase Agreements, or as a local government or utility seeking clean power that meets your new renewable energy standards, Solar Maghreb 2011 in Casablanca is the place to meet.
The conference is your chance to network with 150 developers, utilities, investors, regulators and suppliers who are set to attend in 2011 including Acciona, Abengoa, Epuron, Iberdrola, RES Solar, Statoil, TerniEnergia and many more.
Typical of the top caliber speakers at the conference are Abengoa’s Michael Geyer and the UAE’s Standard Chartered Bank’s renewable financier; Steve Mercieca. Past attendees have included representatives from Desertec UK, who will also be attending this one next May.
What a very exciting meet-up! Somebody needs to get me there next summer, so I’ll have more details for you!
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