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Case study 18 July, 2023 Battery / Energy StorageHybridSolar PV Other Micro/Mini-grid

Sino Soar – 5 Diesel-PV-BESS Mini-grids (Niger)

Who, What & Where

  • Sino Soar Hybrid (Beijing) Technology Co., Ltd
  • 5 Diesel-PV-BESS mini-grids
  • Agadez, Niger

The Company

Sino Soar Hybrid (Beijing) Technologies Co., Ltd is an international high-tech company specialising in solar hybrid and off-grid fields. SINOSOAR’s main business scope covers R&D, Manufacturing, system integration, project development, engineering, procurement, construction, and maintenance as well as project financing and investment.

The Challenge

The region heavily relied on diesel power generation, leading to energy security concerns and the vulnerability of energy systems to external shocks.

Renewable Solution

The project is located in the Agadez province of Niger, West Africa, including 5 rural towns in Agadez province. The PV-Diesel-BESS power plants are constructed for these isolated places with funds from the World Bank. The size capacity of the five power plans are as follows:

The total installed capacity of the five power stations is:

  • Photovoltaic: 2876 kW
  • Energy storage: 4345 kWh
  • Charging inverter: 1540 kW
  • Diesel generator: 1480 kW
  • LV Distribution line:80km
  • MV Distribution line:11.35km

SINOSOAR is responsible for the design, equipment supply and installation, commissioning, and operation and maintenance of the PV-Diesel-BESS power plants and the Energy Management System employed in these power plants is developed individually by SINOSOAR team. In addition, SINOSOAR also provided the modification of the existing diesel generator system and conducted the update and expansion of medium and low voltage lines, etc.

Project Financing and Costs

The project is funded by the World Bank.

Project Outcome

The project reduces significantly dependence of Niger on diesel power generation, so as to increase energy security and improve the vulnerability of the energy system to external shocks; It also increases the proportion of renewable energy capacity in the total output as well as the proportion of clean energy, and reduces the greenhouse gas emissions generated. The cost of power generation is also reduced, which improves local people’s livelihood and brings opportunities for the development of SMEs.