This New Zealand-funded project consists of three standalone PV hybrid systems with battery storage located on Tokelau’s three atolls called Atafu, Nukunonu and Fakaofo. According to New Zealand-based PowerSmart, the lead contractor of the project, each of the three individual systems is among the largest off-grid solar power systems in the world.
On August 15, Tsumkwe, a small village in Northern Namibia, was able to receive its first, around-the-clock electricity supply in three years thanks to a hybrid solar system completed by juwi Solar. The 200kW system, consisting of a 1MW battery storage unit and three integrated diesel generators, is believed to be one of Africa’s largest off-grid solar systems and supplies Tsumkwe’s public buildings and 100 private households with electricity.
AEG Power Solutions, a subsidiary of 3W Power, has completed its first ecopx hybrid power station located in New Caledonia.
The residents of the Tibetan Plateau will soon benefit from a 10MW solar photovoltaics installation currently under development by Suntech. Located in the Chek Kang village in Sangri County in the Shannan Prefecture of Tibet, the solar system, at approximately 4,000 meters above sea level, will be one of the highest on earth.
Switzerland’s meeco Group will install an off-grid PV system on a cattle ranch in Paraguay. The 4kW system will help to offset increasing diesel prices in South America by generating 6,000 kWh of electricity a year for the Región Occidental-based ranch.
Soltec Renewable Energies and Shikun & Binui Solaria are set to build a 6.7MW solar power plant in the disused copper mines of Timna Valley in southern Israel.
The exotic animals and plants at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden will soon be vying for visitor attention with a new attraction – America’s largest publicly accessible urban solar panel array.