As we saw in a previous post, producing your own electricity in Morocco is possible whether you are a private individual or a professional. But you should optimise your electricity production in order to take full advantage of the savings generated by this type of power supply.
Optimal electricity production during the day
As a reminder, photovoltaic panels will only produce electricity when exposed to the sun's rays. Their output is therefore nil at night and quite low on bad weather days. Fortunately, Morocco has exceptional sunshine conditions that allow the production of solar energy to be maximised.
To optimise your photovoltaic installation, it is therefore preferable to use your electrical appliances when the sun is shining. But in the middle of the day, we are usually at work. That's why it may be worth investing in appliances with a delayed start or programmable start, particularly for your washing machine or dishwasher.
Domotics can also be a solution for optimising your photovoltaic system by allowing you to remotely control your electrical appliances. You can thus program them to start up during the day despite your absence. This could be the case for your electric water heater, your automatic watering system, the heat pump for your swimming pool, etc.
Regular maintenance of the photovoltaic panels
The advantage of photovoltaic panels is that they do not require too much maintenance. But this does not mean that they never have to be cleaned. Rainwater alone is not enough to remove all the dirt that can settle on them. One clue that can help you determine when your installation needs cleaning is a drop in electricity production.
This means that the surface of the modules is covered with particles from air pollution, for example.
In addition, the fairly frequent sandstorms in Morocco can leave residues on the photovoltaic panels and reduce their long-term profitability. This is also the case with sea spray for photovoltaic installations located near the Atlantic Ocean.
Cleaning photovoltaic panels can be done by yourself. But we do not recommend it. You risk damaging your installation. You should not scratch the modules or use a high-pressure jet, for example. It is best to call in a professional to maintain your solar panels.