10 MW Solar PV Plant Commissioned in Bufulbi, Uganda

  • Greek EPC Metka EGN, has commissioned a 10 MW Solar PV plant in Bufulbi, southeast Uganda.
  • The facility will use the latest solar tracking technology, a first for Uganda.
  • The facility will improve energy supply to the rural and residential areas of Bufulbi, as well as the industrial area of Jinja in south-eastern Uganda.

The 10MW Solar Pv Tracking plant has been built on 40.4 hectares in the village of Bufulbi and was commissioned earlier this month. Solar tracking allows the photovoltaic panels to move according to the sun’s path optimising on energy production throughout the day.

Finance for the project was facilitated French renewable energy developer Tryba Energy. A PPA was signed off for the project back in April 2017 with the Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Limited (UETCL). The PPA set a net feed in tariff of 11 US cents per kWh, the lowest recorded in the country, according to Tryba Energy.

The 10MWp solar PV project is owned by IPP, Emerging Power Uganda, part of the Tryba Energy Group.

This complex project includes design and implementation of a grid connected, Single Axis solar tracking PV plant with associated Overhead Line (OHL) infrastructure in order to inject produced power directly into the local Grid.

METKA EGN offered turn-key services, including design/ engineering, construction, transport, civil engineering, assembly, commissioning and start-up of a 10.020 MW DC PV solar project in Bufulubi, Uganda. The project will be connected to the existing 33KV grid via a new 7KM overhead line.

Author: Bryan Groenendaal

Source: Metka EGN

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