In order to break its heavy dependence on hydrocarbon imports, Morocco engaged in an ambitious renewable energy plan. The Ouarzazate Solar Power Station, was launched by the king in February 2016. For the benefit of the Moroccan state, the land on which the Ourzazate solar plant was built was sold by the Makhzen (dividing lines are often blurred between the state and the royal family’s holdings) to MASEN, the Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy, a private company created with public funds. Morocco’s ambitious solar megaproject has been praised by mainstream media, which touted its “green credentials” and “its potential to end Morocco’s dependency on energy imports, provide electricity to more than a million Moroccans, and export to Europe”. Despite it being praised by most media outlets in Morocco and the West, there is room for concern.