Relying heavily on diesel fuel for power generation and being plagued by intermittent energy supply and high costs, the Maldives has taken a step further towards meeting its paramount need for clean and sustainable energy with Chinese Sungrow’s latest supply of 2.7 MWp of solar inverters and 700 kW / 333 kWh of energy storage.
The islands of Addu, Villingili, Kurendhoo, Buruni, and Goidhoo are now equipped with PV diesel hybrid energy storage microgrid, capable of meeting 30% of local energy demand, bringing the island nation closer to its goal of becoming carbon-neutral by 2019.
In the shipment, the Chinese manufacturer has packed the entire PV and energy storage system solution, including PV and battery inverters, the energy management system, and lithiumi-ion batteries produced under the Sungrow-Samsung SDI joint venture, which can be fully integrated into the existing diesel network and help utilize the abundant solar resources.
“Sungrow has developed a complete system solution for load-shifting, peak-shaving, micro-grid, and frequency regulation. By the end of 2016, Sungrow has successfully completed over 400 energy storage projects globally and has an accumulated installation of over 1GWh. We’ll continue to support the Maldives in their efforts to reduce power cost and protect the environment,” said Professor Renxian Cao, President of Sungrow.
With the highest point on the 1,190-island archipelago standing at just 2.4 meters above sea level, the Maldives stands out as one of the countries most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, as the rising sea levels continue to swallow its coastline. Moreover, the nation’s primary industries of tourism and fishing are now seriously jeopardized as nearly two-thirds of the archipelago’s coral reefs are reported to have been bleached due to high temperature stress, as well as local factors such as pollution and industrialization. Amid these critical environmental challenges, the need for projects that help tilting energy mix towards renewables is pressing.