Scatec Solar has commissioned a combined solar and battery storage plant in Malakal, South Sudan that will provide power for the Humanitarian Hub in Malakal, which is managed by the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
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Scatec Solar has developed the project in partnership with Kube Energy. The project will reduce the diesel consumption at the Hub by at least 80 percent. It has a solar PV capacity of 700 kWp, combined with a 1,368 kWH battery energy storage system, and is connected to IOM existing diesel generators. The delivery of solar power will represent 80 percent of the energy consumed at the hub, greatly reducing the need for diesel, and providing significant reductions in both CO2 emissions and energy costs. This is a key step in meeting UN targets on abatement of greenhouse gas emissions. Another obvious benefit is the silence already noticed by people at the Hub now that the generators are turned off most of the time.
“We are thrilled to have completed this project for IOM and the Humanitarian Hub in Malakal” said CEO of Scatec Solar, Raymond Carlsen. “This is our second hybrid project for a United Nations (UN) organisation in South Sudan, and with a third project to be completed for UNMISS in the next few weeks, we are reinforcing our support of the United Nations in their quest to reduce their use of fossil fuels”.
IOM South Sudan Chief of Mission, Jean-Philippe Chauzy, added that South Sudan enjoys sunshine all year round, even during the rainy season, so this bid to shift to solar power was a no brainer and that it made absolute sense to fully optimise the power of the sun in this way.
“Investing in renewable energy is investing in a sustainable future and the launch of this innovative project will undoubtedly help us path a way towards the use of more renewable energy systems within the humanitarian sector” Chauzy said.
The Humanitarian Hub hosts around 300 workers and 34 organisations. As most remote operations, they rely heavily on diesel-run generators, which are polluting, costly and quite often inefficient. IOM seeks to improve the Humanitarian Hub’s environmental footprint, and the project is an ideal step towards reducing IOM’s dependence on non-renewable energy.