Scatec Solar has commissioned a combined solar and battery storage plant in Malakal, South Sudan. The facility will power the Malakal Humanitarian Hub, which is operated by the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
The project would reduce the Hub’s diesel consumption by at least 80%.
“We are thrilled to have completed this project for IOM and the Humanitarian Hub in Malakal. This is our second hybrid project for a United Nations (UN) organisation in South Sudan, and with a third project to be completed for UNMISS in the next few weeks, we are reinforcing our support of the United Nations in their quest to reduce their use of fossil fuels.”Raymond Carlsen, CEO of Scatec Solar.
The project was developed by Scatec Solar in collaboration with Kube Energy. The plant, which has a solar PV capacity of 700 kWp, is connected to existing IOM diesel generators in conjunction with a 1.368 kWH battery energy storage system.
Solar power distribution will account for 80 percent of the electricity generated at the hub, significantly reducing the need for diesel and significantly reducing both CO2 emissions and energy costs. It is a crucial step toward achieving UN greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals.
“South Sudan enjoys sunshine all year round. Even during the rainy season, we still have long periods of sun, so this bid to shift to solar power was a no brainer. It made absolute sense to fully optimize the power of the sun in this way.
“Investing in renewable energy is investing in a sustainable future and the launch of this innovative project will undoubtedly help us path a way towards the use of more renewable energy systems within the humanitarian sector.”Jean-Philippe Chauzy, IOM South Sudan chief of mission.
“Through providing leasing of solar hybrid plants, we are reducing the barriers for using renewables. The combination of a movable, quickly installed equipment and flexible contract length increases our customer’s financial flexibility, allowing them to access clean and reliable solar power through monthly invoices, rather than high upfront investments.”Raymond Carlsen, CEO of Scatec Solar.