A city in Bolivia which is currently powered entirely by diesel generators will be the home of a 5MW solar-diesel hybrid power plant fitted with battery storage, which inverter supplier SMA claims is the largest of its kind in the world.
Currently under construction, the power plant, in Bolivia’s Pando province, is located in an area which is not connected to the national power grid and relies on diesel generators. The new plant, which will have a 5MW capacity for PV generation coupled with lithium-ion batteries for energy storage, will supply enough electricity to meet the demand of around half of Pando’s capital, Cobija.
Engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) duties were carried out by Isotron, a subsidiary of Spanish company ISASTUR and the plant will be owned by Bolivian utility ENDE (Empresa Nacional de Electricidad), with another Bolivian company Eléctrica Guarachi, managing the project.
Inverter manufacturer SMA announced that construction of the plant was underway last week. SMA will supply the project with central inverters, battery inverters and an SMA Fuel Save Controller, a control system for the plant that SMA claims “ensures the demand-oriented control of the photovoltaic system dependent on the plant’s load and genset characteristics”.
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