The government of the South American Republic of Guyana, striving to improve the electricity situation in remote areas and reduce these areas’ independence on expensive and polluting diesel generators, have a stated aim to foster a transition towards 100% renewable energy supply by 2025.
This will be carried out though the clean energy sun2live project, which had previously installed solar rooftop modules on a State House in the country, and involves the installation of a 400 kWp ground-mounted solar installation coupled with a 400 kWp battery storage solution.
The Guyana region of Mabaruma will be a beneficiary of this new approach, with the Hinterland Electrification Company Inc. (HECI) having awarded Meeco the tender to organize the design, supply and installation of a 400 kWp solar system for the community, which Meeco will carry out with its local joint venture Oursun Guyana.
Upon the project’s completion, the remote community in the north of the country will be able to rely on 1,808 kWp of renewable energy per day.
Thomas Beindorf, Chief Technical Officer (CTO) of the Meeco Group, explained regarding concerns over the delivery of materials and the construction of a plan in such a remote area that: “Due to the remote location of the site we will have to overcome some logistical challenges as we will not be able to arrange transport by air or cargo ships as usual, but had to choose smaller containers and boats.”
Furthermore, alongside the logistical specifics, the project requires advanced engineering: connection of the system to the existing distribution grid with the voltage and power of the solar solution and batteries needs to be synchronized to the local electricity network.
“We are looking forward to realizing this challenging project and thereby contribute to establish a reliable renewable energy supply in Mabaruma,” said Beindorf.