Project developer juwi has completed a number of PV-diesel hybrid installations in the climate change threatened Maldives.
The projects, built for local utility FENAKA, will displace around 115,000 litres of diesel.
The developer had to contend with extreme heat, Monsoon rains and scheduling challenges during the holy month of Ramadan.
The installations, across eight roofs, use SMA control equipment including the German manufacturer’s Solar Fuel Saver.
“The solar energy is fed directly into the islands’ grids. This reduces the electricity demand at the diesel generator,” said Norbert Borchert, senior technical manager at juwi’s Off-Grid Division. “The Solar Fuel Saver controls the feed-in power of the solar plant considering the diesel generators’ operation point,” he added.
The installations, on the islands of islands of Ungoofaaru and Kudahuvadhoo, were backed by the German state aid agency Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).