Assembly line of Tesvolt, in Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Germany. The company makes devices from 10kWh up to much larger scales. Image: Tesvolt.
German storage manufacturer Tesvolt has been awarded a project to power water pumps in Rwanda with 2.68MWh of battery storage linked to a utility-scale solar system.
The installation, in the Eastern Province of the landlocked African country, is being engineered and built by another German company, system integrator Ideema Solar, including a 3.3MW solar plant. It will power 44 water pumps at an agricultural project through 134 separate lithium-ion battery-based storage systems.
A Tesvolt spokeswoman confirmed to Energy-Storage.News that the project was awarded to the company through a tender.
“The PV plant and storage systems are financed by an international foundation and the government of Rwanda,” the spokeswoman said.
“After the installation the whole system will be donated to the local farmers,” she added, of whom there are 2,000 in extreme poverty in the area local to the project.
Rwandan English-language newspaper The New Times reported today that the Eastern Province’s governor, Odette Uwamariya, had said there is “need to constantly invest in water infrastructure” in the region before announcing a fresh set of investment measures in irrigation, water collection and treatment across her jurisdiction that the paper reported could amount to half her government’s annual budget from July.
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