November 23

1.9 Megawatt Solar-Plus-Storage Project for Nhimbe Fresh, Zimbabwe

Following the close of a $4 million Series A funding round in June, momentum continues with Sun Exchange’s expansion into sub-Saharan Africa and a landmark solar-plus-storage project. This multiphase project will power Nhimbe Fresh, an agriculture leader in Marondera, Zimbabwe.
Sun Exchange marks their official expansion into sub-Saharan Africa with the first of three crowd sales for a multiphase, 1.9 megawatt (MW) solar-plus-storage project for Nhimbe Fresh, a premier exporter of fresh produce located in Marondera, Zimbabwe. This will be the largest Sun Exchange solar installation to date and the first outside South Africa. For further information see the IDTechEx report on Distributed Generation: Off-Grid Zero-Emission kW-MW 2020-2040.
This solar and battery project will power Nhimbe Fresh packhouse and cold store facilities (phase 1), pump sites (phase 2), and Churchill Farm (phase 3). The introduction of continuous, reliable power, at a lower cost than running diesel generators, is forecast to reduce the Nhimbe Fresh facilities’ energy costs by more than 60 percent per year and carbon emissions by more than one million kilograms per year.
Photo courtesy of andreas160578.

Source: Off Grid Energy Independence (link opens in a new window)

Agriculture, Energy
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