Largest solar rooftop system in West Africa commissioned in Ghana – 4.3MW

  • Rider Steel will offset 49,900 tons of CO2 emissions over the installation’s 20-year lifetime.
  • The 4.3MW grid-tied system is the largest distributed solar power project for an industrial client in Ghana.

Daystar Power  has commissioned a 4.3MW grid-tied solar system at the Kumasi factory of Rider Steel, Ghana’s largest steel producer. The installation is the largest distributed solar power project for an industrial manufacturer in West Africa.

For the exclusively rooftop installation, Daystar mounted 7,524 units of 580Wp PV modules on the 30,000m2 factory roof. All solar panels are connected to a remote monitoring system, allowing for preventive maintenance. With the new solar system, Rider Steel will offset 49,900 tons of CO2 emissions over the installation’s 20-year lifetime.

“We’re delighted to inaugurate this solar system for Rider Steel, which is by far our largest project in Ghana. It’s a compelling example that shows solar energy can power heavy industry and integrate well with the grid,” said Jasper Graf von Hardenberg, CEO of Daystar Power.‍

“Rider Steel Group acknowledges and is dedicated to fostering a sustainable, eco-friendly future by minimizing our carbon footprint. We are thrilled to announce the inauguration of a unique 4.3MW solar facility in collaboration with our partners, Daystar. This solar installation will enable us to procure 20% of our electricity requirements from clean and sustainable energy sources, and underscores our commitment to promoting sustainable steel recycling in Ghana and across West Africa. We express our gratitude to Daystar and its dedicated team for their tireless efforts in ensuring the timely completion of this project,” said Walid Al-Alami, Director of Rider Steel Ghana.

Author: Bryan Groenendaal

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