PV/Diesel hybrid sector in 2019: 3 months in, what happened?

An overview of the solar PV/Diesel hybrid sector

Kiesse Sita-Kengue

What happened the last 3 months?

Call of tenders for design, installation, provision and maintenance of hybrid solar projects and the latest press releases from solar hybrid technology companies. 

“Résultats de l’analyse des offres relatives aux travaux de construction d’une centrale solaire photovoltaïque de 20 MWc à Bissau et de deux (02) mini centrales solaires photovoltaïques de 1 MWc chacune, à Canchungo et à Gabu en République de Guinée – Bissau”

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“According to Bloomberg, several mining companies operating in South Africa are currently planning to build their own power plants relying on PV with a combined capacity of 585 MW. These include a 200 MW solar plant under development by gold provider Sibanye-Stillwater, a 75 MW facility planned by Anglo American Platinum, a 40 MW solar park by Goldfields, and a 200 MW PV plant by Indian mining company Vedanta. The list also includes a 30 MW project by Harmony, a 38 MW plant by Orion and a smaller 3 MW facility by Exxaro.”


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“The Grass Valley company builds self-contained and automated solar power systems using shipping containers that measure 20 by 8 feet. The company also offers smaller “MiniBox” units that come on shipping pallets. BoxPower has ramped up its manufacturing to eight units per month, double what it was at the end of 2018, Barkow said.

BoxPower’s “SolarContainer” units range from $50,000 to $100,000, depending on features like the number of solar panels and battery capacity. The MiniBox models run from $20,000 to $40,000.”

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“Filatex Energie, une entreprise basée à Tananarive, en Madagascar, se lance à la conquête du continent africain en 2020. Elle compte produire 150 MWc d’énergie solaire dans quatre pays d’Afrique de l’Est et de l’Ouest.”

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“The 10-year Virtual Power Purchase Agreement (VPPA) will see power supplied from two solar farms with a combined power output of almost 200 megawatts, of which AB InBev will be supplied with over 130 megawatts.

This makes it the largest Pan-European corporate solar power deal in history…”

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“The hybrid solar/diesel power plant in Agadez will be built by a consortium consisting of the French company Vergnet and the Indian companies Sterling and Wilson and SNS Solar Power Engineering & Technology. The plant will have a capacity of 19 MW.”

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