PV/Diesel hybrid sector in 2019: 6 months in, what happened?

An overview of the solar PV/Diesel hybrid sector

Tenders

Call of tenders for design, installation, provision and maintenance of hybrid solar projects

"The Algerian Council of Ministers has approved two new tenders for the deployment of 200 MW of solar that the Algerian Minister of Energy, Mustapha Guitouni had pre-announced in April, and that may be issued over the coming weeks.

it will select off-grid hybrid gas/diesel and solar projects that are aimed at drastically lowering power prices in non-interconnected areas in the south of Algeria."

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"Electrification Project:

Development of Solar Hybrid Mini-Grids for Rural Economic Development (minimum subsidy tender - Phase 1 (4 lots)"

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"Of the 11 sites identified by Tanweer for the establishment of hybrid power plants, five are located in Dhofar Governorate, two in Al Wusta, two in South Al Sharqiyah, and one each in Al Dhahirah and Musandam governorates.

While solar will account for around 80 MW of the 200 MW hybrid capacity planned for development under the program, the rest will be based on diesel-power generation."

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"Energy company Shariket Kahraba wa Taket Moutadjadida (SKTM), a unit of Algerian state-owned gas and power provider Sonegalz, issued the tender for the development of off-grid hybrid gas/diesel and solar projects. [...]

A first, 9 MW project consisting of 3 MW and 6 MW units is planned for Guezzem, in Tamanrasset province and a second, 7 MW project – consisting of 4 MW and 3 MW units – will be built in Djanet and Illizi, respectively, both of them in Illizi province.

A third project consisting of 10 MW and 2 MW sections will be constructed in Bordj Badji ..."

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"The tendered project includes the construction of a 20 MW ground-mounted solar power plant in Gardete, near the city of Bissau. Upon completion, the project will sell power to national utility EAGB under a long-term PPA. The plan also includes two 1 MW hybrid solar-diesel installations, including an unspecified amount of storage capacity in Gabu and Canchungo."

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"The French Development Agency (AFD) has issued a tender for the construction of a 22 MW solar-diesel hybrid power plant near Agades, the largest city in central Niger.

The project will consist of a 13 MW PV power plant, three 2 MW diesel power stations, a 5 MWh storage system, a 20kV substation and two 20kV lines with a length of around 3 km."

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Press Releases

The latest press releases from solar hybrid technology companies.

"Minister of Energy Jeff Radebe gave NERSA leave to licence 500MW worth of SSEG projects, without him needing to sign it off.  

Some 1,000MW worth of SSEG projects have been stuck in limbo for years waiting for licences of this kind.

Also, the restriction of 1MW per project has been lifted to 10MW ..."

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"Zimbabwe will develop three solar photovoltaic power plants with a total capacity of 250 MW, local media reported.

The three solar photovoltaic power plants will be installed in Goromonzi, Bulawayo and the capital Harare. The first two will each have a 100 MW capacity while the last one will have a capacity of 50 MW."

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"Malawi will soon have a new solar photovoltaic power plant. Unlike others, it will float on the waters of Lake Malawi. The photovoltaic solar park will be built by the German company Droege Energy. The independent power producer (IPP) plans to install it near the coast in Monkey Bay, Mangochi District in southern Malawi.

The floating solar park will occupy the equivalent of 14 hectares of plantation."

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"Scatec Solar has developed the project through its partnership with the Norwegian company Kube Energy. Scatec Solar will design, supply, install and operate a 700 kW capacity PV plant and a 1.6 MWh battery energy storage system that will be connected to the existing diesel generators. The hybrid installation will reduce the diesel consumption for the IOM-managed Humanitarian Hub by 80- 90%, contributing to... " 

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"In Fajara alone, power consumption is over 240,000 kilowatts per month which eventually brings the annual energy bill to a substantial figure.

After this solar power project is commissioned and fully operational, we expect to optimally produce 120 megawatts per annum to make savings up to 5% of the energy bill and also increase our overall energy capacity as we are constantly growing.

We aim to increase this system to produce at least 25% of our annual energy consumption."

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"Brazil’s government will seek views on the potential of solar-plus-biofuel projects after two such hybrids reaped large-scale contracts at a state-level auction.

Projects combining both power sources were last Friday among the winners of a 263.5MW tender in Roraima, an Amazon state that is Brazil’s most northerly and least populated.

As noted by energy minister Bento Albuquerque, the contracts to solar-plus-biofuel projects by BBF (56MW) and Enerplan (11MW) mark a first for Brazil."

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"Demand for more reliable electricity from a district of the Republic of Bashkortostan, a federal subject of Russia, will soon be answered by the largest hybrid solar and energy storage project in the region to date. [...]

The company recently commissioned a 60MW solar PV project in the Akhtuba district of the Astrakhan region of Russia and has significant PV ambitions in Kazakhstan. It has also completed a 35MW solar project in Bashkortostan in 2017."

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"Perth-based Hybrid Systems and BayWa r.e. have reaped the lion’s share of the first round of a program to roll out 'standalone power systems' (SPS) across Western Australia.

Government officials hailed this week the signing of AUS$8.8 million (US$) worth of contracts for 57 SPS units to be deployed across the state, as part of a scheme run by state-owned utility Western Power."

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"Solarcentury has commissioned two solar-storage-diesel mini-grids in rural communities in Eritrea that are far away from the grid and have relied purely on diesel power until now.

The hybrid power systems at Areza (1.25MW) and Maidma (1MW) took eight months to build, with a combination of solar PV, lithium-ion batteries from US firm Tesla, and backup diesel generators from Caterpillar.

The sites, providing 24/7 and cheaper power to 40,000 people and ... "

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"The total output capacity is 2MW, the storage capacity 2MWh. The plants will enable Senegal to supply power for very isolated sites and to diversify its energy mix. [...] It will be part of a €26.8 million ($30 million) investment, financed by the German bank KFW and Senelec, the national electricity company of Senegal, consisting of the hybrid sites and an additional 15MW PV installation."

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"New Dehli: The government has reduced the time allowed for commissioning and financial closure of solar power projects, a move that could accelerate the pace of renewable energy capacity addition in the country. This, however, could be a concern for project developers ..."

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"Last year, ASX-listed Resolute signed a joint development agreement with South Africa’s Ignite Energy to develop a new 40 MW independent solar hybrid power plant at Syama.

The plant will combine solar, battery, and heavy fuel oil (HFO) technologies. When constructed, it will be the world’s largest off-grid, fully integrated hybrid power plant for a stand-alone mining operation. It is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2020."

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"Emerging markets are expected to add nearly 81 GW of stationary energy storage capacity by 2025 to today’s 1.9 GW of non-hydro energy storage installations, according to researchers.

About 65% of the new energy storage capacity, or 52.3 GW, will be deployed in ..."

 

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Upcoming Events

Dates and locations for a variety of solar hybrid-focused events coming up over the next semester

"The Africa Energy Forum (AEF) is the global investment meeting for Africa’s power, energy, infrastructure, and industrial sectors. The Forum brings together decision-makers in Africa's energy sector to form partnerships, identify opportunities and collectively move the industry forward. AEF has a loyal following of credible players working in the power space, and a track record of delivering a valuable networking experience."

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"Returning to Singapore for its 5th edition, Solar & Storage Finance Asia will be the meeting point for developers, financiers and investors across the region. Join over 100 industry peers to hear of in-depth strategies from investors, utilities, financiers, energy storage system integrators and developers on how their role is changing in the region.

WHY ATTEND

  • Network with 120+ Developers, Investors Government Reps, Installers, EPC, Utilities and Corporate Energy Buyers
  • Hear from 40+ top-level speakers
  • Learn more on Floating solar; Hybrid systems and island solutions; Energy Storage and Country-specific opportunities "

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"The 19th Series of Power Generation, Renewable Energy & Electrical Equipment ​Exhibitions will take place in Jakarta (Indonesia). The last show attracted 919 companies and 17,406 trade visitors. The exhibition provides an ideal platform for key decision makers within the industry. Allowing major equipment importers, distributors, and agents to network and discuss new business opportunities in this rapidly evolving industry."

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"CREF 2019, the largest annual gathering of the Caribbean energy market, will take place at the JW Marriott Marquis, Miami, from October 16-18, 2019. Over 500 attendees from 50 countries attended CREF 2018. 120 speakers populated three days of a rich and deeply interactive program. Over 25 Caribbean countries were represented by their government or by their utility, or in most instances, by both."

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In 2019, European Utility Week and POWERGEN Europe will combine to offer an end-to-end European energy experience for the whole energy supply chain, under one roof. Hosting the environment for all key players in the smart energy ecosystem to come together and discuss European strategy to achieve a smooth transition towards a low carbon energy supply.

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"This event, co-hosted with the Ministry of Energy & Power Development of Zimbabwe, will highlight new developments and investment potential in power infrastructure and renewable energy projects in the country.

An increasing number of international market participants are eyeing opportunities available in this developing market. Attendees will be updated by local stakeholders, IFIs and other private sector experts on the current status and the further prospects."

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"Attending: Key stakeholders including representatives from the Government, International Finance Institutions (IFIs), policy makers, international and local developers, EPC contractors, independent power producers, engineering, legal and advisory services, manufacturers, banking and private equity entities.

Background: Angola has adopted The National Strategy for New Renewable Energies under The National Energy Security Strategy vision 2025, with an approved goal of 800 MW, with a share of 500 MW in biomass and 100 MW for each of the other sources: wind, sun, and small hydropower plants. In this respect, along with the large and medium-sized hydropower projects, Angola will have 74% of its installed power based on renewable energies."

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"Join us in Cambridge, MA for the 7th Annual HOMER International Microgrid Conference (HIMC) presented by Distributed Energy!

HIMC is an ideal forum for industry professionals and policymakers to come together to share successes, technologies, financial models, and to develop goals and policy objectives that drive the industry forward.

The conference discussions, presented by leading figures in the microgrid industry, focus on solving practical challenges through real-world examples."

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" The Big 5 Solar 2018 event was officially opened by HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and the Minister of Finance and Industry of the United Arab Emirates.

Local and international exhibitors from over 18 countries joined us to showcase their latest solar solutions for construction. Thousands of construction industry professionals attended the event to meet, network and learn from our 20 free-to-attend CPD-certified workshops and the 4th annual Global Solar Leaders' Summit. "

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