Over the last two years solar equipment prices have plummeted by as much as 70 percent, making utility-scale PV plants a more attractive option for investors of all types. However, project ﬁnancing still remains a complex and costly task for many utility- scale PV system developers.
In a previous blog post, we introduced Sioma High School, located in Western Zambia, Africa. The school, which houses more than 600 students each semester, was powered by three dirty, noisy and inefficient diesel generators that cost about $26,000 in fuel per year. However, that all changed when the non-profit organization Empowered by Light created a healthier learning environment for the students by outfitting the school with a 24-kilowatt solar microgrid and battery storage system.
See how this incredible project became a reality and how Sioma High School students are benefiting from consistent electricity in the video above.
Energy-intensive operations in areas with non-existent or poor infrastructure often rely on gensets (diesel generator sets) for their electricity supply. In regions with a sufficiently high level of solar irradiation, the additional integration of photovoltaics in the power supply system can prove worthwhile.