ABN - Swiss-based energy firm The meeco Group has installed a 216 kilowatt peak (KWp) solar energy facility in Zimbabwe, which becomes the largest of its kind in the East African nation.
The facility has been equipped with The meeco Group’s sun2live power storage system, which acts as a 24/7 power supply source for both grid-connected and off-grid use.
A special static tracker has also been fitted, which enables the most efficient positioning of the solar modules, optimising energy production over the course of the day.
Meeco has also placed the ground-mounted photovoltaic (PV) system at two different locations.
Sebastian Bovensiepen, meeco’s chief operating officer said: “Ensuring a reliable energy supply is often a big challenge African farms and companies have to cope with.
“In comparison to expensive, polluting and high-maintenance diesel generators, PV energy systems such as the sun2live offer an eco-friendly solution, which additionally ensures lower costs for generating electricity.”
This latest development could facilitate the beginning of a move away from Zimbabwe’s reliance on fossil fuels, as the PV system is projected to save roughly 134,000 litres of diesel and 280 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year.