Sahara Wind at Rabat Energy Charter Forum II, February 25 2015.
Organized by the Ministry of Energy, Mines, Water and Environment of the Kingdom of Morocco, in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Energy Charter Secretariat, this event followed the highly successful first Rabat Energy Charter Forum held on 20-21 September 2012. As stepping stone for the Middle East and Africa to the Ministerial Conference on the International Energy Charter in The Hague on 20-21 May 2015, the Forum focused on Strengthening Cooperation and Partnership for Sustainable Energy Development in the Middle East and Africa: The Role of the International Energy Charter. This high-level event aimed at tackling challenges of achieving sustainable and affordable access to energy within the framework of regional energy cooperation, investment promotion and protection in the scope of the new International Energy Charter.
To stimulate dialogue on efficient renewable energy policy schemes, the Sahara Wind Project presented the Economic Impacts of Renewable Energies during the World Future Energy Summit.
At the invitation of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and in partnership with the European Investment Bank (EIB), Sahara Wind took part in a joint IRENA-EIB workshop aimed at “Evaluating renewable energy manufacturing potential in the Mediterranean Partner Countries”. Prior to that, on January 19th 2015, Sahara Wind shared its regional capacity building experiences aimed at leveraging local value-creation to maximize the impacts and benefits of renewable energies in North Africa. The discussion took place during a joint IRENA-GIZ workshop focused on “The Socio-economic Benefits of Solar and Wind Energy”. During these events, representatives of regional bodies, ministries, financial institutions, private sector and development partners interacted with keys actors involved in the Renewable Energy supply chains to foster local manufacturing at local and regional levels.
The World Future Energy Summit was held from January 19-22nd 2015 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
The Sahara Wind Project presented at the Round Table Discussion on “100% Renewable Energy: Boosting development in Morocco” by the Climate Parliament, World Future Council and 100% Renewables, Nov. 22-23 2014 in Rabat, Morocco.
In a round table discussion hosted by the WFC and Climate Parliament in November 2014, 30 Moroccan policy makers identified key challenges for the country’s renewable energy industry. The main ones are Economic and financial barriers restricting the entry to capital markets, lack of accessible financial support for small scale projects that would facilitate private consumers to install RE technologies, market failures and imperfections, where fossil fuels are still heavily subsidized (equivalent to 5.1 per cent of GDP in 2011). Political, institutional/ governance and regulatory barriers, were also listed including a lack of stable and coherent regulations, a lack of cooperation across governance levels and institutions, as well as a strong lobby in favor of existing fossil fuel-based energy monopolies.
The “100% Renewable Energy: boosting Development in Morocco” report provides an analysis on the current situation of the energy sector of Morocco and derives policy recommendations for a just transition towards a 100% Renewable Energy.
On November 19-21 2014, Sahara Wind attended the 5th Global Entrepreneurship Summit held in Marrakech, Morocco.
The Global Entrepreneurship Summit was launched by United States President Barack Obama in 2009 as a global platform “to empower entrepreneurs with skills and resources necessary to compete and thrive in the 21st century”. Held under the theme “Harnessing the power of technology for Innovation and Entrepreneurship”, the 5th edition of GES took place in Marrakech, Morocco from 19-21 November 2014. This event provided an opportunity to celebrate entrepreneurs from around the world and a platform for the exchange of innovative ideas. Central to support entrepreneurs in their ability to unlock the economic potential of entire nations and lift people out of poverty, Morocco as host country, took this opportunity to make the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2014 a call for action for global investors to finance new businesses and projects.
Sahara Wind contributes to Forum MEDAYS in Tangier, November 12-15 2014.
During the event, Khalid Benhamou, Managing Director of Sahara Wind chaired two Forum sessions; namely the ‘Global Economy Outlook: Looking at The Emerging Markets’ and "Climate Changes: Towards a New Global Framework?" at the Forum MEDAYS in Tangier, Morocco.
On October 13-14th 2014, Sahara Wind attended the Ministerial Conference Italy-Africa: Working Together for a Sustainable Energy Future.
On the occasion of the Italian Presidency of the EU, together with the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) and in cooperation with the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE), the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs hosted a Dialogue session of the private sector working in off-grid renewable energy. The forum brought together major European and African private sector practitioners to discuss pertinent issues with regard to investing in Africa's renewable energy market. This event premiered the Africa Energy Outlook of the International Energy Agency (IEA) and a technical workshop on "How to deal with risks in the African energy sector". The conference saw the participation of main international energy institutions like IEA, IRENA, UN agencies, and global initiatives such as the UN Sustainable Energy for All.
The conference was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Piazzale della Farnesina 1, Rome, Italy.
Sahara Wind at the European Commission's Workshop on Empowering Rural Electrification of September 29-30th 2014 in Brussels, Belgium.
As a leader in the global drive to provide access to modern sustainable energy services the European Commission is launching a profound examination of new financial opportunities to support Rural Electrification. In a two day Workshop hosted by the EC in Brussels on 29-30 September, 2014, a variety of stakeholders had the opportunity to discuss new possibilities for providing financial support to Rural Electrification projects through a joint effort by the private sector and civil society organisations. They also shared experiences and to identify common practices. One of the objectives was to identify successful business models for an accelerated roll-outof energy access in rural communities.
The conference was organized by the Directorate General for Development and Cooperation – EuropeAid
The Sahara Wind Project's resource-backed inclusive access to the Atlantic Trade Winds presented at the International Energy Agency in Paris on July 02, 2014.
The presentation covered regional capacity building activities, wind measurements, green campuses, Africa’s first wind hydrogen systems and industrial synergies enhancing resource efficiencies. The project phasing and its HVDC transmission architecture was presented as well. As Morocco holds 75% of the world's phosphate reserves -a key ingredient in the fertilizer industries- the presentation focused on the initial phases of the Sahara Wind project and the decoupling of these industries from fossil fuels through the development of sustainable hydrogen production technologies. Energy transition prospects through the access of the significant trade wind resource on a regional basis were elaborated with subsequent positive effects on regional electricity markets.
Sahara Wind a pris part à l'Atelier 'Best Practices in European Smart Grids’. A l’issue de cet Atelier, son Directeur Général Khalid Benhamou visite le centre de coordination CORESO du réseau électrique Européen à Bruxelles, Belgique le 23 Juin 2014.
Sahara Wind attended the “Overhauling Transatlantic Security Thinking” SDA conference on June 4th, 2014 in Brussels, Belgium.
The event took place in the backdrop of tensions with Russia and democratization process in North Africa with renewed conflict in Africa. During this conference, Khalid Benhamou, Managing Director of Sahara Wind reminded the audience of the importance of tackling climate refugee flows by addressing their root cause and building upstream sustainable development strategies.
A l’invitation de la Présidence Grecque de l’Union Européenne et en réponse à l’ambition commune du Maroc et l’UE d’approfondir davantage leur partenariat privilégié, le Projet Sahara Wind est présenté à la Conférence sur la « Recherche et Innovation au Service de l'Economie et la Société dans le Voisinage Européen » à Thessalonique les 29-30 Mai 2014.
S.E. le Chef du Gouvernement du Maroc Abdelilah Benkirane au Séminaire National sur la Recherche Scientifique et l’Innovation à l’Académie du Royaume du Maroc le 29 Avril 2014.