Solar-plus-storage task completed at UN Humanitarian Hub in South Sudan

Jun 10, 2020 08:22 PM ET
  • A just-commissioned solar and also battery storage system will decrease diesel usage by at least 80% at a base for 300 altruistic workers in South Sudan, taken care of by the UN's International Organisation for Migration (IOM).
Solar-plus-storage task completed at UN Humanitarian Hub in South Sudan
Image: Omar Patan, IOM

Independent solar energy producer Scatec Solar, which is headquartered in Norway, stated it has completed work with the task, combining a 700kWp solar PV system with a 1,368 kWh battery power storage system (BESS) as well as attached to existing diesel generators onsite.

The project is sited at the Humanitarian Hub in Malakal, South Sudan. According to the UN, the employees onsite-- extending greater than 30 different organisations-- service virtually 30,000 internally displaced people who reside in the UN's Protection of Civilians (POC) website adjacent to the Hub. Previously, it had actually been utilizing around 800 litres of diesel each day.

The system has actually been delivered to the IOM on a leasing deal. Scatec Solar explained the setup as a "versatile power supply agreement," with CEO Raymond Carlsen claiming he believed comparable offers could be duplicated to support altruistic operations in other places. The Malakal scheme is Scatec Solar's second crossbreed task for a UN organisation in the Upper Nile State of South Sudan, with a third anticipated to adhere to quickly. For Malakal, the firm partnered with renewables programmer Kube Energy. PV Tech reported that work obtained underway in May 2019, with the hybrid solar-plus-storage modern technology joining a solar pump system which helps supply 500,000 litres of water daily.

Leasing version for flexible energy supply 'can lower barriers for renewables'

"Through offering leasing of solar crossbreed plants, we are reducing the obstacles for making use of renewables," Raymond Carlsen said.

"The mix of a movable, quickly mounted devices and flexible contract length raises our customer's financial versatility, permitting them to gain access to clean and dependable solar energy through monthly billings, instead of high ahead of time investments," Scatec Solar's CEO included.

The system was partially funded by the UK federal government's Department for International Development and will help, the UN claimed, lower onsite power expenses by 18%. As well as decreasing greenhouse gas emissions as well as air pollution onsite, the noise from diesel generators is considerably decreased, with the region taking pleasure in sunlight each day, even throughout the stormy season.

"South Sudan delights in sunlight all the time. Also during the stormy season, we still have extended periods of sunlight, so this proposal to shift to solar power was a no brainer. It made absolute feeling to fully optimise the power of the sunlight by doing this," Jean-Philippe Chauzy, chief of objective for IOM in South Sudan, claimed.

"Investing in renewable energy is buying a lasting future and also the launch of this innovative task will undoubtedly assist us course a means towards using even more renewable energy systems within the humanitarian industry," Chauzy added.

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