Alphonse island mini-grid - largest solar plant in the Seychelles

We have Designed & Constructed the Largest Solar Photovoltaic Power Plant in the Seychelles!

We are thrilled to announce that Alphonse Island is now powered by solar and that our project is the largest photovoltaic (PV) plant in Seychelles!

To commemorate such a major sustainable milestone for the island, we were joined by the President of the Seychelles, Mr Danny Faure as well as the IDC’s Chief Executive, Mr. Glenny Savy and a delegation of affiliated partners from ministries and parastatals.

The 750 kWp ground mounted solar PV power plant with 1470 kWh Tesla storage system supplies 87% of Alphonse Island’s energy needs. With less reliance on diesel gensets, the island will save annually on their diesel costs, with a whopping 268 000 litres of fuel! The IDC’s goal is to enable the economy of the outer islands to be developed and due to the savings of fuel and transportation to IDC’s outer islands the reality of their goal is in near sight! Mr Savy stated that the IDC will be benefiting from impressive savings which can be used for other projects, including infrastructure, housing for staff and air strips to name a few!

Garth Cloete, our Head of Engineering and Glenny provided insight into how the plant operates during the tour of the plant. Using a simulation of low SOE calling Gensets Garth & Glenny demonstrated how the island has moved from power through gensets to power through solar and storage. The two key factors of the simulation included:

1. How the gensets are automatically called by the Tesla battery system to cover the load when batteries are empty and there is no available PV.
2. When the PV becomes available the system will automatically switch off the gensets and supply the loads as well as start charging the battery!

Don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for more updates on the project!

Here’s to another successful sustainable power solution in Africa!!!! To read the full news article on published on the African Independent, click here!

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