PV Hybrid Lowers Electricity Costs in East Africa’s Largest Salt Factory

15.02.2017
Even while constructing the factory, Krystalline Salt has planned space for a PV system to reduce our carbon footprint and the amount of electricity generated with diesel generators. (Photo: SMA)
Even while constructing the factory, Krystalline Salt has planned space for a PV system to reduce our carbon footprint and the amount of electricity generated with diesel generators. (Photo: SMA)

In Malindi one of Kenya’s largest solar hybrid systems has started operation. The SMA Fuel Save Controller smartly integrates the PV system including 34 Sunny Tripower inverters to the public grid and the diesel generators. With an annual output of 1.6 MWh the system is expected to reduce the electricity costs of Krystalline Salt Ltd by 25 %.

Even though the availability of some key components was challenging the system by SMA was commissioned within record time. The project developer was SolarAfrica.

The 1 MW PV Hybrid System with the SMA Fuel Save Controller 2.0 combines the PV system, electricity grid and diesel generators and ensures that the solar power is used completely for the operation of the factory. SMA expects a 55% solar power share during daylight hours.

PV Hybrid applications reduce electricity costs considerably and the payback is just a few years. Projects such as the PV Hybrid System for the Kaysalt factory are therefore an interesting business model for diesel genset operators and independent power producers. The PV penetration in these systems can be increased by means of battery-based storage systems and such systems are becoming particularly popular at the moment.

Philipp Kronsbein / SMA

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