PVTIME - Scatec Solar has commissioned a combined solar and battery storage plant in Malakal, South Sudan. The plant will power the Humanitarian Hub in Malakal, which is managed by the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The project will reduce the diesel consumption at the Hub by at least 80%.
“We are thrilled to have completed this project for IOM and the
Humanitarian Hub in Malakal. 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,” says CEO of Scatec Solar, Raymond Carlsen.
Scatec Solar has developed the project in partnership with Kube
Energy. The plant, with a solar PV capacity of 700 kWp, combined with a
1,368 kWH battery energy storage system is connected to IOM existing
diesel generators. The delivery of solar power will represent 80% 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
“South Sudan enjoys sunshine all year round. Even during the rainy
season, we still have long periods of sun, so this bid to shift to solar
power was a no brainer. It made absolute sense to fully optimize the
power of the sun in this way,” says IOM South Sudan Chief of Mission,
“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 adds.
The project is provided through a flexible energy supply agreement.
Carlsen is convinced of the potential of similar leasing arrangements to
support the transition to clean energy in humanitarian operations:
“Through providing leasing of solar hybrid plants, we are reducing the
barriers for using renewables. The combination of a movable, quickly
installed equipment and flexible contract length increases our
customer’s financial flexibility, allowing them to access clean and
reliable solar power through monthly invoices, rather than high upfront
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