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Eskom launches demo solar microgrid project <…> November 5, 2018 0 <> [image: solar microgrid] <>Featured image: Wilhelmina solar microgrid. Eskom
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*A solar microgrid demonstration project that has been developed and tested over a period of 16 months has successfully delivered electricity to a community in South Africa.*
On Friday, South Africa’s state-owned utility, Eskom, launched its ground-breaking pilot solar-powered microgrid at Wilhelmina Farm, Ficksburg in the Free State.
The microgrid demonstration plant, which was completed in November 2017 provides electricity to 14 households with 81 family members that make up the Wilhelmina community.
The plant harnesses solar energy and converts it to a peak of 32 kilowatt electrical energy via solar photovoltaic panels and power inverters. Solar microgrid battery storage
The remaining energy from the solar panels is stored in three sets of lithium ion batteries, totalling 90 kilowatt hours of storage. This storage facility provides electricity when there is low or no sunlight available to the solar photovoltaic panels.
“The project symbolises innovation, growth and development and is consistent with Eskom’s future strategic objectives as microgrids incorporating renewable and smart energy technologies will play an important role in the future Eskom as an integral part of the business,” explained Nick Singh from Eskom’s Research, Testing and Development Centre. View image on Twitter [image: View image on Twitter]
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Executive Mayor of Sesotso Cllr Maoke on the podium thanking Eskom RT&D team for the job well done. Her key statements ^ Thank you Eskom for bringing light to the deep Rural area of Ficksburg, Wilhelmina Farm. # microgrid <> 11:59 AM – Nov 2, 2018

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