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Thank you to all who participated in Solar Maghreb 2012

With over 250 attendees, a sold out exhibition hall, a faculty of over 40 expert speakers, an ununrivalled number of North African government ministers and authority heads, including the heads of MASEN, ONE and APFREEE, Solar Maghreb 2012 was the place to be for those serious about developing large scale solar markets in North Africa.

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The most established solar congress focussing on solar power development in North Africa

After dramatic changes in the region over the past year, Solar Maghreb welcomed official delegations from Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt & Libya to formulate the next steps for the region's solar market. With a combination of presentations, roundtable working groups, interactive discussion sessions and networking evenings, it was the most established meeting to focus exclusively on the North African solar industry.

  • 3 years of attracting the highest profile figures behind the region's power markets: Read the 2011 welcome address from former Moroccan Energy Minister, Amina Benkhadra

  • The meeting for C-Level representatives: 35% of attendees at Solar Maghreb 2011 at Board Level, over 60% at director level

  • Meet new policy makers following government reforms: New Libyan Minister of Electricity & Renewable Energies and advisor to the Libyan Prime Ministry recently confirmed click here to see full speaker line up

  • NEW: face to face meetings available with government, energy agencies and utilities following the morning keynote sessions  

  • MASEN board members on hand to discuss the result's of Morocco's first solar tender and elaborate on the next steps in bidding for the 4 subsquent phases

  • Investor market push: full focus day of presentations, roundtables and working groups from active investors putting money into moving the market forward

  • For the first time, multi-stakeholder feedback from operational projects: 1 year on from Hassi R'Mel and Kuraymat what do governments, investors, international developers and local players think of solar's place in North Africa?

  • Produced in collaboration with local partners and local knowledge: working with energy agencies, government advisors, associations and industry on the ground in Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria, Egypt & Libya to create a packed two days. Click here to see a selection of 2012's program advisors

  • Local rate for local companies: heavy industry, telecoms, engineering, manufacturing and other sectors evaluating solar as a source of power and business click here to register

  • First Solar PV Workshop: First Solar are hosting their exclusive technical solar PV workshop Photovoltaic Power Plants in the Maghreb Region on 21 May as part of Solar Maghreb. This workshop is free to attend however there is a limited availability of places. Click here for more information

With news of the World Bank’s approval for $297 million in loans to finance the Ouarzazate project, the winners of the first tender set to be announced in the coming weeks and the next round of bidding set to open, join MASEN, ONE and the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Mineral Resources in welcoming the North African solar community to Morocco.

Click here to learn more about the Moroccan market in an interview with MASEN at Solar Maghreb 2011

“Well organized conference with high quality content”
Amman Chamber of Commerce

 Agenda at a glance

Monday 21 May 2012 Tuesday 22 May 2012  Wednesday 23 May 2012  Thursday 24 May 2012

Conference Sessions
& Meetings 


APFREEE Stakeholder


First Solar PV Solutions Workshop

Conference Day One

Keynote Morning

Developing IPP Models

Role of Solar for Local Industry

Creation of Knowledge & Industrial Clusters

Development of Manufacturing Industries

Conference Day Two

Business Models for Large Scale Solar Development

ISCC Feedback Reports

CSP versus PV Debate

CPV for the Maghreb

Industrial Initiatives

Distributed Generation and Off Grid

Finance & Investment Day

Government Support

Development Bank Roles

Commercial Banks and Sources of Debt

Equity Investors and Funds


Roundtable Government Meet & Greet

Networking Evening Reception

Investor Roundtables


Solar Maghreb Exhibition

Click here to see the full agenda


“The conference has a superior mix of solar industry private and public participants with up to date issues”

Greenberg Traurig (Past Solar Maghreb Attendee)


Solar Maghreb 2012 is organised in collaboration with the Arab Platform for Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency - an active consortium of Ministry representatives, government advisors, national utilities, universities, companies and associations from across the region - the high profile congress leverages local knowledge and international experience to design the next steps in advancing the Maghreb's solar industry.

Click here to view the complete list of platform members and program advisors

Speakers included:

H.E Fouad Douiri, Minister of Energy, Mines & Mineral Resources, Morocco

H.E Fouad Douiri
Minister of Energy, Mines & Mineral Resources, Morocco (invited)

Mustapha Bakkoury, President, MASEN, Morocco

Ali Fassi Fihri
Chief Executive Officer, Office National de l'Electricité,

 Awad Ibrahim Bryk, 
Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energies, & APFREEE Member Libya

Mohamed Ali Eklat, Manager, Renewable Energy Authority of Libya (REAOL) & APFREEE Member, Libya

Eng. Mahmoud Atia, Deputy Chairman for Projects & Operation, New and Renewable Energy Authority, Egypt

Said Mouline, Director, ADEREE, Morocco

Roberto Vigotti, Secretary General, Res4Med Initiative, Coordinator RE Industry Advisory Board, International Energy Agency & Director, Electricity Division, Observatoire Mediterraneen de l'Energie & APFREEE Member, Italy

Click here to see the full speaker list

NEW for 2012: Country Focus Roundtables

For unparalleled networking:

  • Connect with government officials
  • Share experiences with peers operating in the market
  • Make new local contacts
  • Meet investors willing to fund solar projects in the country
  • Discuss challenges to be overcome
  • Interactive tables will focus on the following 5 key markets and feature officials including representatives from MASEN, ONE, Ministry of Electricity, REAOL, EEHC, CDER.