Top 5 Hybrid Energy News (Solar- and Wind-Diesel-Hybrid + Minigrids) – November 2015 by THEnergy

The November edition of our “Top 5 Hybrid Energy News” features Gold fields, Sibanye Gold, Vergnet, EMC, Tonga, Asian Development Bank and Napocor.

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Gold fields tenders 40 MW PV with storage option – 150 MW more PV expected in neighborhood

The RFP is for a 40MW on-site PV system with optional energy storage for its South Deep gold mine in South Africa. South Deep needs 100 MW and Gold Fields wants to cut exposure to the state utility ESKOM. Gold Fields has just the South Deep mine left in SA after having spun-off mines into Sibanye Gold. Now Sibanye has plans for a modular 150MW solar power plant, with the first 50MW due at the end of 2017. Sibanye would build the plant at its Driefontein mine, which is located near South Deep.

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Napocor starts bid process for Leyte solar-diesel plant – USD 1.2 million budget

The National Power Corp. (Napocor) has started bidding out the contract for Limawasa PV-diesel hybrid power plant in Southern Leyte that would ensure 24/7 power supply in the area. The approved budget for the contract is P55.55 million (approximately USD 1.2 million). Napocor has scheduled the opening of bids on Dec. 15. The Limawasa project is among the 21 plants Napcoor mulls for hybridization.

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Scale of wind-diesel hybrid project on Tarawa island increased
The French company Vergnet started the solar project farm in the Republic of Kiribati, on the island of Tarawa in October. It was originally planned that it would deliver 400kWp but this has increased to 500kWp, supplying the island with 870MWh of energy and saving 290,000 litres of diesel a year.
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USD5.8 million for solar-diesel hybrid / microgrids on Tonga islands

The Asian Development Bank (ADB), European Union and the Second Danish Cooperation Fund for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency for Rural Areas and development partners are extending assistance of nearly USD5.8 million to help Tonga scale up the existing Outer Island Renewable Energy Project, which aims to cut reliance on diesel for power generation and expand the use of solar power in its outer islands. The Government of Tonga is providing counterpart support equivalent to USD0.67 million.

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1.6 MWp solar-diesel hybrid for Murchison star-gazing station in Australia

Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory (MRO) is located in the Mid West region of Western Australia approximately 315km northeast of Geraldton. Federal Government gave AUD47.3 million to CSIRO for the development of solar and geothermal energy technologies to power the MRO and its associated computing facility, the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre. CSIRO appointed EMC Solar Construction to engineer, procure and construct a 1.6 MW Solar Power Station at the MRO.

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