skytron energy has recently commissioned its park controller in the 15.2MWp PV power plant near Bambous, in the western Rivière Noire District of Mauritius.
“Mauritius has a great solar outlook with a potential average radiation yield of some 6 kWh/m2 every day,” noted André Pohl, CEO of Tauber Solar Energietechnik GmbH, the project developer, who worked in partnership with Conecon GmbH. “The country has ambitious plans to reduce its dependence on imported petroleum products and encourages the advancement of solar power generation. With this first ground-mounted plant we have proved to the country’s electricity authority that renewable energy enhances grid stability.”
Mauritius’ first grid-connected solar plant feeds into the country’s 66kV grid and was said to meet all the challenges that an island grid with its inherent imbalances typically entails.
Skytron’s ‘skycontrol’ system was deployed to enable automatic, pre-programmed control functions to provide active and reactive power capping; maximum ramp rate; frequency control based on power shifting; voltage stabilisation; and reactive power set-point control.
However, skytron noted that its Remote Interface Control Center (RICC) enables any manual control adjustments developed especially to meet the country’s method of grid control and stabilisation with command messages relayed by CEB, Mauritius’ Central Electricity Board.
The PV power plant also provides weather-model based production forecasts via the PVGuard performance analysis tool as well as real-time monitoring and supervision via a SCADA platform.