The Democratic Republic of Congo, rich in natural resources, has faced significant challenges in providing consistent and reliable energy to its citizens. The conventional grid struggles to reach remote areas like Mambasa, leaving communities in the dark.
Aptech Africa’s solar- PV mini-grid system is a testament to the power of renewable energy. Aptech Africa installed the 1st completed and commissioned mini-grid project that involved a distribution line for 350 users. The system is a 120kWp hybrid system with a battery energy storage capacity of 225kWh that is ground-mounted. The system works alongside a 72kVa generator. The system consists of the RMU that uses the Alpha ESS system to collect all real-time information for online monitoring and to identify any faults in case they occur.
The system will benefit the residents of Mombasa by providing a sustainable power supply when there is no Hydro Electricity Power. This provides a reliable alternative and cheaper option for the residents of Mombasa by powering healthcare facilities and facilitating small businesses, the positive impact is multifaceted. Some challenges like high insecurity in some regions, poor roads, strenuous customs clearance process for goods entering the country, and damage to materials were encountered but overcome to ensure completion of the project.