Indian EPC firm Sterling and Wilson has bagged a contract for its first large scale hybrid and energy storage project in Western Africa, Deepak Thakur, CEO, hybrid and energy storage has said.
The company’s turnkey scope of work will include complete design, engineering, procurement, construction and O&M of a captive hybrid microgrid powered by solar, diesel and battery energy storage.
This first of its kind project powering behind-the-meter clients in the educational sector in Western Africa will also play host to the continent’s largest battery energy storage project with 30MWh of batteries spread across three sites, including single largest battery installation of 17MWh.
Besides providing microgrid integration and enabling the educational institutions to get off the grid, the hybrid microgrid backed by the batteries would also provide uniquely designed one-day power autonomy to the institutions, thus enabling efficient operations, effective learning and allocation of a larger budget towards the school programs.
Sterling and Wilson’s proposed hybrid and energy storage solution is expected to deliver an envisioned reduction of 137,170 metric tonnes of carbon footprint, equivalent to planting 3.5 million new trees.
Commenting on the project Mr Thakur said that their years of experience undertaking such projects means that they will successfully complete the project.
“We are extremely glad to have bagged our landmark first project in the hybrid and energy storage space, which not only consists of the largest battery installation in Africa till date, but also hopefully proves to be a marquee installation empowering future generations,”he said.
“We are confident of meeting the most stringent quality, safety and financial needs of our client given our combined global expertise of having delivered over 7GW of solar, diesel and gas based power plants on turnkey basis till date.”
In a bid to carry out such energy projects successfully, Sterling and Wilson Hybrid formed an Energy Storage business unit that sources for jobs globally.
The unit is currently actively pursuing further opportunities across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australia besides setting its sights on USA.