BP to supply solar power to rural Morocco

Apex-BP Solar has been awarded a major contract for the supply and installation of solar power systems, which will provide electricity in Morocco’s Chichaoua Province.

Apex-BP Solar, a subsidiary of BP France, in partnership with the Moroccan oil company CMH (Compagnie Marocaine des Hydrocarbures) has been awarded a major contract for the supply and installation of solar power systems. Financial terms have not been disclosed.

The solar power systems will provide electricity to households in Morocco’s Chichaoua Province, south of Marrakesh.

The contract was awarded to Apex-BP Solar by ONE (Office National de l’ElectricitA), the Moroccan state-owned electricity utility. The partnership will be responsible for implementing a turnkey project covering the supply and installation of solar panel systems manufactured by BP Solar over three years and for managing the installations, providing maintenance and invoicing customers for services provided over a ten-year period. A new company, BP Solar Maroc, is being established for this purpose in Marrakesh.

Commenting on the announcement, Apex-BP Solar CEO Arnaud Mine said: ‘This program is of prime importance to Morocco’s rural population in that it will provide basic domestic amenities in areas where there is no conventional electricity supply grid.

‘It is also very important to BP Solar, providing important recognition of the solar engineering and rural contract management activities needed in many areas of Africa. In addition, this project will represent a greenhouse gas emissions reduction equivalent to 10, 000 tonnes CO2 over a 10 year period.’

‘This project is a concrete example of the part solar energy is called on to play in sustainable development in Africa,’ commented Michel de Fabiani, President of BP France and BP vice president Europe. ‘It combines protection of the environment with economic and social considerations, while obviating the need to set up capital-intensive infrastructure in the regions concerned.’

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