Contrary to conventional wisdom, Morocco is blessed with abundant natural resources. What the country lacks in hydrocarbons is compensated by the excellent solar and wind potential. Morocco has understood this a long time ago and directed the focus away from digging and drilling to harvesting the elements to produce very cost-competitive green electricity.
The Sahara Desert, which stretches into Morocco, is the world’s sunniest area year-round, with solar insolation levels of 2,500-3,000 kWh per square meter per year. But it is also one of the windiest areas on the planet, especially on the west coast. Average annual wind speeds at ground level reach 8-9 m/s in the western coastal regions. Good wind sites in Morocco have wind speeds that are comparable to offshore conditions in Europe.