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The global oil-price bust has devastated economies across the Middle East and North Africa.Morocco's drive to become a regional renewable-energy powerhouse offers a real option for economic development in other Arab countries.Morocco has been investing in large-scale renewable-energy projects for some time; but only now are these investments coming online. Given that Morocco imports around 97 percent of its energy supply, and possesses no oil or natural gas deposits of its own, the government has viewed developing renewable energy as the only way to ensure the country's continuing economic development.With 131 turbines and a daily capacity of more than 300 MW, Tarfaya will help reduce Morocco's carbon dioxide emissions by 900,000 tons annually, and cut the country's annual oil import bill by more than $190 million.With demand for electricity, mostly from the country's expanding industries, rising by 7 percent annually, Morocco's government has long known that it could not sit still.
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