Sterling & Wilson to build Africa’s ‘largest’ battery storage project beside solar-diesel microgrid

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Indian EPC firm Sterling and Wilson has won its first large-scale hybrid and energy storage turnkey EPC contract order in Western Africa, including what it believes to be both the largest battery storage project and single battery installation in the whole continent.

The scope of work – the company’s formal entry into the hybrid and energy storage space – includes design, EPC and O&M of a captive hybrid microgrid powered by solar, diesel and battery storage.

In a release, Sterling and Wilson said this would be a “first of its kind” project powering behind-the-meter clients in the educational sector in Western Africa with 30MWh of battery energy storage spread across three sites, including a single battery installation of 17MWh.

The microgrid backed with batteries will be able to provide one-day power autonomy to the educational institutions, helping them to run efficiently and to spend more on school programs.

Deepak Thakur, CEO, hybrid and energy storage, Sterling and Wilson, said: “Lack of power supply is a primary barrier in imparting effective learning and development of any nation. We are extremely glad to have bagged our landmark first project in the hybrid and energy storage space, which not only consists of the largest battery installation in Africa to date but also hopefully proves to be a marquee installation empowering future generations. We are confident of meeting the most stringent quality, safety and financial needs of our client given our combined global expertise of having delivered over 7GW of solar, diesel and gas-based power plants on a turnkey basis to date.”

Having recently announced its major foray in hybrid energy storage solutions, Sterling and Wilson’s newly-formed business unit is actively pursuing further such opportunities across Europe, the Middle-East, Africa, Asia and Australia as well as the US.

The company declined to comment on which specific country the African project will be located. However, in an exclusive interview with PV Tech's sister site Energy-Storage.News, Vish Iyer, global head of business development, strategy and marketing for the hybrid and energy storage division at Sterling and Wilson, has provided more details of the win.

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