(MENAFN - Morocco World News) Rabat - Photovoltaica 2018, the third edition of the International Solar Energy Exhibition opened today at the Palace of Congress exposition hall in Marrakech, under the patronage of King Mohammed VI. Held under the theme "Towards Sustainable Development in Africa," this bi-annual fair explores the renewable energy sector, in particular, solar photovoltaic energy, as a way to improve investment models in Africa. Co-organized over three days by the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Sustainable Development, in partnership with the Energy Investment Company (SIE) and the Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (MASEN), this edition aims 'to make professionals aware of the importance of investing in solar energy in Africa.' According to organizers, "Photovoltaica 2018" provides a platform for the attendees to showcase their products relating to power generation and renewable energy. The 2018 edition brings together more than 700 participants. Exhibitors include companies related to wind power, investment funds, solar energy, financial institutions, electrification grid suppliers, small companies in renewable energies, and their associations. The event, with a focus on Africa this year, will support the promotion of the clean energy sector in Morocco as well as in the Maghreb"