A photovoltaic system powers the refrigeration systems of a fishing village in Morocco

In Aftissat, Morocco, 500 photovoltaic panels combined with batteries and diesel generators cover the daily energy needs of the village, including cold storage and refrigeration.

An off-grid photovoltaic hybrid system was recently delivered in Aftissat, a fishing village in the province of Boujdour. With a capacity of 126 kWp, the system has an annual production of 233,000 kWh. The village consumes 600 kWh per day for refrigeration, cold storage units, shops and domestic infrastructure. The system therefore covers the daily energy needs of the village, including cold storage and refrigeration.

Thanks to this system, diesel costs were reduced by 95 % and CO2 emissions by 99%. The diesel generators are only needed as a back-up in times of low irradiation.

Photovoltaic hybrid solutions offer the advantage of reducing diesel consumption. Furthermore, wear and tear as well as maintenance costs are considerably lowered. As a result, plant operators are largely independent from fossil fuels and soaring diesel prices. CO2 emissions are also reduced.

The project was commissioned by Morocco’s National Fishery Office in order to contribute to Morocco’s national green energy plan. This includes growing development of wind, solar and hydro energy, and the reduction of fossil fuel subsidies. It is scheduled to increase the share of renewable energies within the energy mix to 42% by 2020 and to 52% by 2030. The fishing industry in Morocco is a leading foreign exchange earner, accounting for 16 % of total exports. The National Fishery Office strongly intends to boost the modernisation of the domestic fishery sector.

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