The October edition of our “Top 5 Hybrid Energy News” includes another hybrid project in mining and two announcements for the telecom sector. The new edition features Caterpillar, Barloworld, B2Gold, OMC, Mitsui, Rockefeller Foundation, GreenWish, Orange, RusHydro, NEDO, Tierra Hotels, Kraftwerk, and Qinous.
7 MWp On-Site Solar Plant for B2Gold’s Otjikoto Mine in Namibia
Caterpillar and Barloworld were selected to integrate a new 7 MWp solar PV plant at B2Gold’s Otjikoto mine. The gold mine is located in Namibia: in the region of Otjozondjupa around 300 km north of Windhoek. So far, the mine fully relies on heavy fuel oil (HFO). The Cat dealer Barloworld is supplying EPC services for the project. Installation of the system is underway, completion of the project is expected for early 2018.
Rob Schueffner, Caterpillar’s Microgrid and Renewables Commercial Manager, adds: “There is a tremendous potential for hybrid and solar projects in Namibia and throughout Africa. Access to a consistent, reliable source of power is essential for fueling industrial and economic progress, and the improved power output and affordability of hybrid and solar installations are helping to make up for grid shortfalls.”
Mitsui Backs OMC Power’s Microgrid Expansion to Africa with a USD9 Million Investment
OMC Power develops solar minigrids for telecom towers and rural villages in India. The new investment is targeted at building minigrids in East African countries, where 600,000 people lack access to the grid. In OMC’s concept, telecom towers are anchor tenants that guarantee reliable off-take for solar energy. In addition, local homes and business will have the chance to buy solar electricity. Last year, OMC already raised USD4.5 million from the Rockefeller Foundation to finance 100 minigrids in rural India.
GreenWish Enters into Partnership with Orange SA for Powering Telecom Towers in Africa
Mauritius-based GreenWish has partnered with Orange SA and will begin with 250 towers in the Democratic Republic of Congo this year. GreenWish Partners is planning to invest USD800 million on solar-powered telecommunications towers across Africa. It is aiming to reach 3,000 towers across several countries by 2018 and 10,000 by 2020.
RusHydro Partners with Japanese NEDO for a 1 MW Wind-Diesel Hybrid Plant
Russian hydroelectric giant RusHydro signed a declaration of intent (DoI) with Japanese clean energy developer NEDO on implementing a pilot 1 MW wind-diesel hybrid plant in Tiksi township of Russia’s Sakha Republic. The power plant will consist of three 300 kW turbines and three diesel generators.
KRAFTWERK Begins Construction of PV-Diesel Hybrid System in Chile
German EPC provider KRAFTWERK Renewable Power Solutions has begun construction of a PV-battery diesel hybrid system at the luxurious Tierra Atacama Hotel & Spa in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile. Through the expansion of its existing PV plant and the addition of a storage system, the off-grid hotel will benefit from 60-65 percent annual diesel savings. The solar system capacity will be increased to 156 kWp. Together with energy storage integrator QINOUS, KRAFTWERK will also implement a 335 kWh high-efficient Lithium-Ion battery storage solution.
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