Consortium to install Malawi’s first solar-plus-storage project

Chinese PV inverter manufacturer Sungrow Power Supply Co., Ltd. has partnered with JCM Power, InfraCo Africa, RINA and Innovate UK to construct the Republic of Malawi’s first utility-scale solar-plus-storage project. The 20 MW (ac) solar PV and 5 MW / 10 MWh system is located in the Dedza district of Malawi near the town of Golomoti. It is expected to enter operations at the end of 2021.
Sungrow is supplying its solar-plus-storage MV solution comprised of PV inverter, MV station, all-in-one Power Conversion System, battery container, and energy management system (EMS). Engineering, procurement and construction activities are to be managed by independent power producer (IPP) JCM Power. According to the company, the inclusion of lithium-ion batteries behind the meter at this scale will be a first in sub-Saharan Africa.
InfraCo Africa is part of the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG), which seeks to alleviate poverty by mobilizing private investment into high-quality infrastructure projects in sub-Saharan Africa’s poorest countries. The organization is funded by the governments of the United Kingdom (through FCDO), the Netherlands (through DGIS) and Switzerland (through SECO).

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