The Minister of Energy Transition and Sustainable Development, Leïla Benali, said on Tuesday in Rabat that the Global Rural Electrification Program (PERG) has made it possible to electrify more than 40,000 villages until the end of March 2022 and this , through connection to the national electricity grid.
Leïla Benali, who answered an oral question on the generalization of the electrification of the rural world, posed by the group Authenticity and Modernity in the Chamber of Councillors, specified that the PERG allowed, since its launch in 1996 until the end last March, the installation of more than 19,000 solar panels in 900 villages as part of the National Initiative for Human Development (INDH).
The Minister, who indicated that the rural electrification rate reached 99.84%, welcomed the success of this program, the overall cost of which amounted to 25 billion dirhams (MMDH), at the for the efforts of all the parties concerned.
Also, she argued, the implementation of the said program continues during the period 2022-2025, with the planned electrification of 627 villages housing 14,688 inhabitants in the different regions of the Kingdom.
Regarding the generalization of rural electrification at the national level, Leïla Benali assured that the electrification operation of 552 unplanned villages (9,571 inhabitants) requires an envelope of approximately 1,120 million dirhams (MDH).
Said operation, she said, comprises two stages. The first consists of electrifying 207 villages whose electrification cost does not exceed the ceiling of 80,000 dirhams per habitat, while the second stage concerns the electrification of 345 villages at a cost exceeding the aforementioned ceiling per habitat.
And to add that the ministry is working in favor of the development of an energy rehabilitation program for educational establishments and social services, in particular in rural areas (schools, hospitals, student houses and the premises of the ministry of Justice) in coordination with the departments concerned.
The ministry is also ensuring the generalization of a pilot project that has provided one of the villages in Essaouira with a solar power plant (KWc 15) to other regions.