meeco expands Maldives PV project


Swiss renewable energy group meeco has expanded its current PV project in Maldives.

The company is increasing the size of its installation at the Maamigili Airport in the island nation from an initial 1.21 MW to a 4.76 MW meeco sun2live PV and storage system.

Partnering with Maldives conglomerate Villa Group, meeco will be responsible for the design, engineering, layout, project planning and execution and the procurement of the components; Villa Group, which owns and operates the airport, will arrange the shipment and provision of manpower for the implementation of the project under meeco’s supervision.

The project cluster includes a total of five installations in different locations on Maldives, of which the Maamigili Airport will be the first one to be realized. The project, which has made the meeco Group the biggest project developer in the country, will increase PV generation capacity nearly threefold. In addition to providing meeco with the opportunity to increase its presence in Maldives and establish local partnerships, the project is also in line with Villa Group aim to reduce its dependency on diesel and thus save considerably on energy costs.

Villa Group CEO Qasim Ibrahim said, "We are happy to improve our energy profile and implement solar technology in the Maldives – together with a reliable Swiss-German company where we trust their know-how and technologies."

Corinna Fischer, who is in charge of the project supervision for meeco, added, "This substantial increase of volume is great news for both of our companies and we are proud having won with the Villa Group a strong partner. Maldives is an important market for us and we are looking forward in developing further projects in this beautiful country."