Partnership Supplies Off-grid Power for Columbia

Total Energie France, which specializes in designing and constructing solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, tapped Canada’s Xantrex for a large purchase order of inverters that will be used to supply off-grid solar and backup power to more than 50 telecommunications and Internet centers in isolated communities of Colombia.

This initiative in Colombia is the latest of more than 20 collaborative off-grid village electrification projects involving Xantrex and Total Energie in the last three years in Africa, the Caribbean and South America. “A key business objective for Xantrex is to expand its markets and distribution worldwide as well as grow its business outside of North America, with a long term goal to have over 40 percent of the company’s revenue from international, non-North American markets,” said Mossadiq Umedaly, Chairman of Xantrex. “These projects align with Xantrex’s mission to improve the quality of life for people around the world by providing them with clean, efficient, usable power anytime, anywhere.” As part of an off-grid renewable power system, Xantrex’s SW Plus Inverter/Chargers convert all forms of renewable energy into utility grade electrical power. “We consider this order to be another strong endorsement of our off-grid inverter solutions,” Bernd Kohlstruck, Xantrex’s Vice President, Business Development, Renewable Energy. “We look forward to providing more green electricity solutions in Latin America, where Xantrex increased its business 58 percent in the past year and Total Energie has a 25 percent market share.” Each SW Plus Inverter/Charger will convert direct current from Total Energie’s solar panels and batteries into alternating current electricity required for the telecenters’ computers, lights, phones and fax machines. The Inverter/Charger will also efficiently manage and control the diesel generator and recharge the system’s storage batteries. More than 50,000 Colombians will benefit from this rural telecommunications project. The installations will provide them with telecom access and Internet connection that was previously unavailable. The SW Inverter/Chargers have been shipped and the installation is expected to complete by year-end.

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