Grid connected microgrid marks a first for renewable energy in South Africa
Ekurhuleni Municipality has approved the grid connection of a large solar PV plant and battery system. This marks a watershed moment in renewable energy projects in South Africa.
The solar PV and lithium-ion battery system will form one of South Africa’s largest microgrids. The 1.8MW solar PV facility alongside a 2.9MWh battery is for use by a C&I customer. It is grid-connected and thus able to stabilise the local electricity grid.
SOLA Group built the system for PepsiCo sub-Saharan Africa. It will secure the food and beverage company’s energy supply and reduce carbon emissions at its distribution centre near Kempton Park in Johannesburg.
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