SMA commissioned 2.3 MWh PV storage system at the island of Saba

SMA Sunbelt Energy GmbH added a 2.3 MWh energy storage system with Sunny Central Storage battery inverters by SMA Solar Technology AG to a PV farm at the Caribbean island of Saba. The local electric utility company SEC assumes that use of diesel generators will not be required at all for up to ten hours on sunny days. »In Diesel-off mode the system saves about 300 liters of diesel every hour,« said Jorge Vélez, Project Manager at SMA Sunbelt Energy GmbH. According to Dexter Johnson, CEO of Saba Electric Company (SEC), which is responsible for the electricity supply for the 2,000 inhabitants of the island, »we calculate fuel savings by approximately one million liters per year.«
The PV farm on the island of Saba is the second major project of SMA after commissioning a 4.15 MW PV farm and a battery-storage system with a capacity of 5.9 MWh to supply approximately 4,000 inhabitants of the neighboring island of St. Eustatius.

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