CNPV, Donauer team up on 1.1 MWp project in Namibia

CNPV Solar Power SA has boarded a 1.1 MWp rooftop project in Namibia headed by Germany’s Donauer.

CNPV, which is registered in Luxembourg but has its head office and manufacturing operations in the Chinese city of Dongying, is partnering with Donauer to supply the rooftop project at Nambia’s largest brewery, Namibia Breweries Limited.

Donauer is employing its D:Hybrid System, an integrated energy management system that integrates a solar system into a generator power grid and saves on diesel fuel by synchronizing the solar system inverters with the frequency and voltage of the existing diesel generators. A control system monitors the energy consumption and energy supply and adjusts the feed-in power of the solar inverters accordingly.

According to CNPV, the technology can be especially effective in countries like Namibia, where commercial entities have to contend with high energy pricing to the extent that they frequently supplement the existing grid supply with their own diesel generators.

"Our techno-commercial model is finely tuned to offer the client bottom line benefits and the credible demonstration of deliverables comes from the ability to provide ‘hands on’ evidence of ‘more for less,’" said Donauer sales manager Benedikt Bohm. "Our continued choice of CNPV is based upon their ability to outstrip all other comparative PV suppliers’ performance on all of the criteria that matter, such as energy yield, efficiency and reliability. The CNPV-250P polycrystalline module totally compliments our requirements and facilitates our ability to push technological boundaries cost competitively, while ensuring that longevity and yields of the fundamental elements are unchallenged."

CNPV Chief Operating Officer Bypina Veerraju Chaudary added, "It’s always exciting to be involved in pioneering projects, particularly when they are driven by visionary personnel. Not only have Donauer identified a new opportunity, created a viable solution and justified its acceptance with facts, they continue to expand their international credibility, provide regional solutions and enlarge their geographical footprint when others are contracting. We are totally honored to participate in their strategy and equally enthusiastic about further developments from both our companies that will add to the revenues our clients can achieve."

The companies added that the hybrid solar PV-diesel solution would significantly reduce Namibia Breweries’ energy consumption costs. "Due to the high energy costs in Namibia the return on investment for this system is given in a very short period of time," Donauer said.

CNPV entered into a long-term strategic partnership with Donauer in 2010 to supply the German company with photovoltaic modules.