SMA Solar Technology has agreed to supply 21 of its medium voltage power stations to a major PV power plant in West Africa.
In Paris, representatives from SMA and Akuo Energy – France’s biggest independent producer of renewable energies – have now signed contracts. The 50MW KITA solar farm in Mali is scheduled to be connected to the utility grid in 2019.
SMA Utility business unit executive vice president Boris Wolff said: “We’re delighted that this project was implemented with SMA Medium Voltage Power Station.”
“The components of this robust container solution are perfectly harmonized and the MVPS is supplied in turnkey form to the PV power plant. It includes powerful Sunny Central inverters, perfectly coordinated medium-voltage technology and a medium-voltage switchgear for direct connection to the utility grid. The 50MW PV power plant will make a key contribution to the energy supply in Kayes a western region of the country and promote its economic development.”
Akuo Energy Structuration and Execution Director Iamena Crolla said: “With SMA, we have a strong partner at our side – a partner that we’ve already worked with successfully on a number of projects around the world.
“Thanks to their longstanding, global experience, they not only offer reliable, high-quality technological solutions but they also possess the expertise required for this flagship project.”
The plan to construct the PV power plant was initiated by R20 – Regions of Climate Action, an organization founded by Arnold Schwarzenegger that supports countries, regions and initiatives all over the world in developing their own climate protection projects. Negotiations for the KITA project, which is financed by a number of African banks, lasted more than two years and were successfully concluded in October this year. The solar power generated here will be procured by the Malian energy supplier Electricité du Mali, with which the PV power plant operator has concluded a 28-year power purchase agreement.
Source: Company Press Release