African Energy Solutions for Africa
Aptech Africa, a solar energy and water solution specialist, recently successfully designed, built and installed the first off-grid solar-battery-hybrid power system in South Sudan. This USAID funded project, developed by AECOM International, incorporated a one-of-a-kind containerized PV storage solution by SustainSolar.
In record time, Aptech Africa planned, installed and commissioned the 79kWp ground-mounted solar power system which feeds the 125kWh lithium-ion SustainSolar storage system.
Sustainable Power Generation from Cape Town, South Africa, built and delivered its pre-installed, temperature controlled, rugged SustainSolar 20ft container equipped with SMA solar and battery inverters and BYD batteries. This turn-key solution helped to reduce the installation time on site and ensures a safe and tamper-proof operation of this world-class energy management and storage system.
Power to popular radio station
Thanks to the new solar-powered battery system, Eye Radio, a leading radio station in South Sudan’s capital Juba, with engineering support from AECOM International, is no longer dependent on its old diesel generators as its primary power supply, which is now only being used as a backup.
Renewable energy that pays for itself
With the significantly reduced running time of the diesel gensets, the fuel savings alone will lead to a speedy payback of the hybrid-storage system. This also serves as proof of concept that solar and battery systems not only offer a sustainable renewable energy solution, but also make financial sense for most diesel-powered off-grid operations that are so frequently found across Africa, and elsewhere.
Aptech Africa – with their headquarters based in Uganda and representations in six further African countries – and SustainSolar will foster this new partnership, and discussions are already underway regarding additional sustainable energy projects into Africa.
Aptech Africa Ltd has been identified in the London Stock Exchange Group’s ‘Companies to Inspire Africa 2019’ report
The 2019 report identifies a new cohort of fast-growing and dynamic private businesses across Africa
To be included in the list, companies need to be privately held and show an excellent rate of growth and potential to power African development.
The report was produced in partnership with African Development Bank Group, CDC Group, PWC and Asoko Insight.
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