German provider of photovoltaic systems and energy solutions BayWa r.e. announced their initial commissioning of a combined photovoltaic plant and battery system in Chisamba, Zambia.
A total of 260 solar modules and a 160 kWh battery system give the Agricultural Knowledge & Training Center (AKTC) by the German and Zambian Ministry of Agriculture the ability to become more independent from the volatile power supply in Zambia. The system allows a production of 450 kWh in 13h, which will support the watering of the almost 90.000m2 agricultural land.
Excess energy is not only saved by the included battery systems, but also a precise pump control system, which allows the additional possibility of water storage. The farm is supplied from 7:00am to 7:00pm; in this period of time the center operates independently from the public grid until it is reconnected at night.
“Based on our years of experience in project planning in the PV sector, we see great potential in the entire region for the implementation of further weak and off-grid projects. We are going to significantly expand our activity on the African continent and already have further projects in development,” Christof Thannbichler, Managing Director of BayWa r.e. Solar Projects GmbH, explains. In order to support local farmers the company offers trainings to ensure further cooperation, until local people will be able to take over the servicing of the plant in the future.
Source: BayWa r.e.
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