Mali: Four solar hybrid mini-grids to be commissioned shortly

02 Jul 2020 | 1 minute read

Four 80kW solar PV-diesel mini-grids in Beleko Soba, Fakola, Dogoni and Diena will be commissioned within months after building work was completed, the Netherlands’ Foundation Rural Energy Services (FRES) told African Energy. The projects are waiting for the end of travel restrictions so specialist teams can commission the plants.

Beleko Soba and Fakola are being developed by Solar23 and Dogoni and Diena by JGH. The European Commission’s African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP)-EU Partnership is financing the projects. Bidding was run by FRES. Beleko Soba and Fakola projects were initially expected online by 31 January 2020 and the other two by 15 March.

Each plant is modular and integrated with a 105kVA diesel generator supplied by FRES and 772kWh battery storage. FRES supplied the PV array mounting structures and will operate the plants.

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