Norway’s Scatec Solar on 7 May announced that it has signed a contract with the International Organisation for Migration to build a solar photovoltaic (PV) plant with battery storage to supply the Humanitarian Hub in Malakal, South Sudan. Scatec will design, supply, install and operate a 700kW solar plant with a 1.6MWh battery system, which will combine with existing diesel generators. The company is partnering for the project with Kube Energy, another Norwegian company. The hybrid system is expected to reduce diesel consumption by 80-90%. The Humanitarian Hub is home to around 300 workers from 34 organisations working on humanitarian projects in the country. The United Kingdom’s Department for International Development is funding some of the initial cost of the plant, which will then be leased for an annual fee. The hub is currently supplied with 500,000l/day water from solar pumps.
Scatec said that the company has been awarded a further two hybrid solar projects in South Sudan by other international organisations with combined capacity of 2.25MW. All three projects are scheduled to be completed by Q4 2019.
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