Promoting the development of photovoltaic pumping systems for irrigation

Lead country


Participating countries


Project status

Under implementation

Implementing period

From October 14, 2016 to April 13, 2022

SDGs addressed by this project

SDG targets

  1. 7.b Expand energy infrastructure, upgrade technology
  2. 9.3 Increase small-scale industrial enterprise access to financial services
  3. 7.2 Increase share of global renewable energy

Project ID: 5284

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Technical team

  • Energy Programme

Technical area(s)

  • Renewable Energy
  • Energy efficiency


  • Resource: Solar
  • Type: Off-grid, standalone systems
  • Agriculture/irrigation


  • Human altered areas


  • Rural areas

Transformed sector(s)

  • Agriculture

UNDP role(s)

  • Capacity development / Technical assistance
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Innovative approaches


  • Technology innovation
  • Law regulation
  • Capacity building


  • Water supply and sanitation
  • Sustainable agriculture practices and use of resources (TP 2, 7, 8, 9)
  • Standards/ Labeling/ Guideline
  • Institutional framework
  • Energy finance
  • Technical capacity building
  • Institutional capacity building

Social inclusion

  • Women
  • Smallholder farmers
  • Local community/CSOs

Gender equality

  • Women farmers

Gender result effectiveness scale

  • Gender targeted


  • Sci-tech pathway
  • People pathway
  • Systems pathway

Risk reduction target(s)

  • Hazard control/mitigation

SDG target(s)

  • 7.b Expand energy infrastructure, upgrade technology
  • 9.3 Increase small-scale industrial enterprise access to financial services
  • 7.2 Increase share of global renewable energy

Conventions and protocols

  • National Determined Contributions (NDCs)

Private sector(s)


Hot topic

  • Multi-stakeholder collaboration
  • Food and agricultural commodities strategy
  • Poverty reduction

About this project


Morocco, a country strongly vulnerable to the effects of climate change (CC), has embarked on an early and voluntary national process to address CC, implementing various activities and programs for the sustainable and low carbon socio-economic development of the Kingdom. The Kingdom has recently submitted its Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) to UNFCCC. With international support, Morocco has committed to cutting its GHG emissions by 32% by 2030. This project falls within the framework of the national strategy of large-scale development of renewables in Morocco which advocates for sustainable energy sources, the industrial integration of clean technologies, and the creation of green jobs. This strategy strives for mitigating GHG emissions associated with the use of fossil energies by reaching a target of 42% installed capacity of renewable in the national grid by 2020. The project is also informed by the objectives of the Green Morocco Plan (GMP) which aims at developing a sustainable agriculture by, inter alia, the rational use of resources and recourse to drip irrigation practices. The present project aims to promote the take-up of PV-powered drip irrigation pumping systems in Morocco by creating a conducive framework for the implementation of the national programme; strengthening the capacities of the various actors concerned; supporting awareness raising of operators and farmers on the economic and environmental benefits of solar pumping; putting in place financing mechanisms to facilitate the acquisition of PV pumping systems; standardizing solar installations for irrigation; and implementing a monitoring framework to track project impacts as regards GHG emission reductions.The National Focal Point of the project is the National Agency for the Development of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ADEREE). The project will be implemented in close cooperation with MEMEE, MAPM, GCAM, MEF and others


To promote the take-up of PV-powered drip irrigation pumping systems in Morocco.

USD $2,739,726

Grant amount

USD $70,903,000

Leveraged amount (co-financing)


Source(s) of fund

Sources of fund


  • Global Environment Facility – Trust Fund ($2,739,726)

Implementing partner(s)

  • Government of Morocco

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