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|The 150kWp Sunny Island System in Kolondieba, Mali is making clean, renewable energy available to rural inhabitants beyond the reach of the national electricity grid.|
|(c) Asantys Systems GmbH|
Asantys Systems GmbH has successfully implemented two off-grid solar installations in the African Republic of Mali. Commissioned at the beginning of July this year, the two solar power plants — 50kWp and 150kWp — were installed by order of Foundation Rural Energy Services, an NGO from the Netherlands whose aim is to provide electrification in rural areas of developing countries.
The Mali plants are two of the largest off-grid solar systems on the African continent. Both systems were ordered at the end of 2010, with the turnkey installation completed within six months. The German solar system integrator and EPC provider Asantys Systems was responsible for the system design, choice and delivery of components, logistics and installation in Mali.
Both solar plants are operating in combination with diesel generators in hybrid systems. They provide clean energy to approximately 1500 households in the villages of Kolondieba and Ourikela in south Mali. The yearly energy yield is predicted to be 70kWh and 212kwH.
The two projects utilized components and support from Centrosolar, Hoppecke, and SMA, specifically:
The two solar plants are operated by the local company Yeelen Kura, which is one of six African subsidiary companies of FRES. Asantys Systems is providing the solar system maintenance for a period of five years.
Asantys Systems is system integrator for grid-connected and off-grid solar systems. As an EPC provider it designs solar systems, delivers turnkey projects, and maintains solar systems in Germany and worldwide, with a special focus on Africa. The company’s product-portfolio consists of solar micro grids, solar-diesel hybrid systems, solar backup systems, solar pumping systems, solar streetlights, solar home systems, and grid-injecting systems. Asantys Systems is currently exporting products and services to more than 30 countries in Africa, leveraging many years of project implementation experience across the region.
FRES (Foundation Rural Energy Services) is a foundation that fosters rural electrification in developing countries by setting up small-scale commercial electricity companies in areas without a connection to the national electricity grid. It offers households and small companies access to electricity derived from solar energy. The availability of electricity contributes to poverty reduction and enhances the living conditions of the rural inhabitants.
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