AstroPower’s Atersa to Supply PV to Senegal

Solar module manufacturer AstroPower’s Spanish subsidiary Atersa (formerly known as Aplicaciones Tecnicas de la Energia, S.L.) will supply solar electric power systems to 227 rural villages in Senegal.

Newark, Delaware – August 9, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] Atersa will design and supply turnkey systems for villages that have no access to the conventional power grid. The project, which is part of the Republic of Senegal’s rural development program, will total 425 installed peak kW. Atersa will supply the balance-of-system components for the project with AstroPower likely supplying the modules, AstroPower spokesperson Colleen Gourley told SolarAccess.com. It is also possible that Atersa will manufacture the modules for the project using AstroPower solar cells. AstroPower acquired Atersa in July 2001 along with Atersa’s 50 percent stake in the two company’s joint solar cell manufacturing venture, AstraSolar. The PV systems will power social centers, schools, health facilities and religious centers. These systems will also power 10 to 12 streetlights per village. Each remote system will include four 85-watt modules, one 75-watt module per streetlight, an inverter, batteries, mounting hardware and DC fluorescent lighting. Valued at approximately 7,500,000 Euros (US$7.4 million), the project is designed to bring power to those who reside off the utility grid through the use of Renewable Energy. Atersa will begin shipping the systems by the end of 2002, and will complete the project in 2003. “Solar power is the most efficient way to provide electricity to those who currently live without it,” said Fernando Monera, President of Atersa. “By using clean, low maintenance solar electric power systems, the Senegalese government is bringing electricity to people in rural villages where and when they need it. This project is significant to Atersa not only because it strengthens our presence in Africa, but because it enables us to join in the effort of the Senegalese government to improve the quality-of-life of its citizens.”
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