SMA Solar Technology has delivered 100 of its standalone inverter systems, the Sunny Island and Sunny Boy, to healthcare centres in Ethiopia. The supply of these systems is under an agreement with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH.
GTZ’s project, entitled “Access to Modern Energy Services Ethiopia” (AMES-E), is aiming to improve the electricity supply situation in the country. GTZ is a federally owned organization for international cooperation and sustainable development
SMA delivered 50 systems during the first phase of the project last year, and has recently delivered the remaining 50 AC-coupled Sunny Island and Sunny Boy inverters to the remote and rural parts of Ethiopia. The standalone plants have a capacity of 1.5kWp and will be used to power such vital equipment as microscopes, centrifuges, refrigerators and sterilizers.
“With a project of this scale, we can significantly contribute to a better power supply situation in the mountainous regions of Ethiopia,” said Volker Wachenfeld, SMA’s vice president of off-grid systems. “Especially the connection to a stand-alone solar power supply of the medical clinics finally ensures access to medical care. A sufficient health care is essential to achieve on a long-term more quality of life. This is where the off-grid systems make a contribution to the future.”