Scatec Solar has commissioned a hybrid solar and battery storage plant in Malakal, South Sudan. The plant will power the Humanitarian Hub which is managed by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Malakal.

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 the existing diesel generators at IOM. The delivery of solar power will represent 80 per cent of the energy consumed at the hub. The hybrid project will reduce the need for diesel, and provide significant reductions in both CO2 emissions and energy costs.

The Humanitarian Hub hosts around 300 workers and 34 organisations. It relies heavily on diesel-run generators, which are polluting, costly and often inefficient. IOM seeks to improve the Humanitarian Hub’s environmental footprint. To this end, the project is an ideal step towards reducing IOM’s dependence on non-renewable energy.

“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 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 Raymond Carlsen, CEO, Scatec Solar.

The project has a flexible energy supply agreement. Carlsen adds, “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 investments”.