In recent years, photovoltaic power generation has become a hot spot for new energy development in Africa and an important part of China-Africa infrastructure cooperation.
"The construction and operation of the power station brings vitality and vitality to the village"
In the northeastern province of Kenya, along the winding Tana River, a huge "blue board" is embedded in the golden savanna. This "blue board" consists of more than 200,000 photovoltaic panels installed and covers an area of 85 hectares. It is the largest photovoltaic power station project in Kenya and even East Africa-Garissa 50 MW solar power station. The power station has greatly reduced the price of local clean energy. The Kenyan power sector buys electricity into the grid at a price of 12 shillings (approximately US$0.12) per kilowatt-hour, which is 8 shillings cheaper than local diesel power generation.
The power station was prepared by the Kenyan Ministry of Energy, financed by the Export-Import Bank of China, and formed a consortium of China Jiangxi International Economic and Technical Cooperation Co., Ltd. and JinkoSolar Holdings Co., Ltd., responsible for design, procurement, construction, installation and training. Grid power generation.
Gedi, the mayor of Lahma Village near the power station, witnessed the tremendous changes brought about by the power station. Before the construction of the power station, only a few shops in the village relied on diesel to generate electricity for lighting, and people rested at sunset. Because there is nothing to do, most of the villagers choose to go out to work. During the construction of the power station, many villagers found jobs and learned techniques. Gedi said: "The construction and operation of the power station has brought vitality and vitality to the village. Before, there were almost no lights in the village. Now every family has electric lights, and the night life has begun to enrich." Said the businessman Sagar, low electricity prices and The rise of nightlife has bulged his wallet. "Stable electricity has made many villagers' dreams come true!"
Peter Mbugua, head of the Kenya Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy Company, said that the power station has an average annual output of 87.54 million kilowatt hours, which can meet the electricity needs of 350,000 nearby people and benefit half of the population of Garissa County, the capital of Northeast Province.
Hydropower accounts for more than 50% of Kenya's power supply structure. In the dry season, hydropower is limited, which seriously affects power supply. Photovoltaic power generation has better alleviated the power shortage problem in the dry season. Kenyan President Kenyatta spoke highly of this project, saying that stable power supply will greatly promote local economic development.
"Not only can you watch TV at night, children can also read and study"
Although the thatched house of a farmer in the outskirts of Lusaka, the capital of Zambia, Lambi did not have electricity, he did. There are several photovoltaic panels, solar charge and discharge controllers and battery packs next to the thatched house. The household photovoltaic power supply system of Star Times has solved his electricity problem. Lanby said: "Since we have photovoltaic power generation, our family has ended the history of lighting kerosene lamps. Now we can not only watch TV at night, but children can also read and study. It is great to use solar energy."
At the end of 2018, Star Times began to develop off-grid micro-PV business in Kenya and Zambia. In Africa's vast rural areas where power coverage is difficult to reach, off-grid micro-photovoltaic power supply systems are welcomed by African customers for their economical power generation, pollution-free, long life, high safety factor, and convenient use. Since it can be purchased by installments, the majority of rural users can also afford the system costs. At present, the company has expanded its photovoltaic business to Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and other countries, bringing light and joy to tens of thousands of African families.
"Commercial photovoltaic solutions will be more attractive"
According to the International Energy Agency's report, last year, nearly 70% of the world's electricity-deficient population were in Africa. In 2018, about 80% of companies in sub-Saharan Africa suffered losses due to frequent power outages, hindering economic growth. The latest report of Bloomberg New Energy Finance believes that the sub-Saharan Africa micro-photovoltaic power generation market will be worth 128 billion US dollars in 2030.
China uses a variety of financing methods to support the construction of African photovoltaic power generation projects, power transmission and transformation, and power grid projects to help Africa improve power supply and promote economic growth. As the price of photovoltaic equipment drops, photovoltaic power generation is becoming a hot spot for new energy development in Africa. "In the'post-epidemic era', commercial photovoltaic solutions will be more attractive." said Naidu, the head of a commercial photovoltaic company in South Africa.
More and more powerful Chinese companies are actively participating in the construction of photovoltaic power generation in Africa: In February this year, Gezhouba Group announced that it would participate in the construction of a 500 MW photovoltaic project in Uganda; the Zambia State Power Corporation and China Power Construction signed a formal agreement in May. 600 MW photovoltaic power plant contract, with a total investment of 548 million US dollars; JinkoSolar occupies nearly 30% of the African photovoltaic market...
At the same time, China is also actively providing talent training to African countries, creating a technology transfer mechanism, and contributing to the development of the energy industry in African countries through the establishment of renewable energy cooperation and development promotion centers. Chinese companies provided high-efficiency modules for the largest 233 MW photovoltaic power station in Algeria in Africa, installed photovoltaic lighting equipment for 20 football hope centers in Africa, hosted two consecutive "International Training Courses on Photovoltaic Technology and Application", and exported to many countries Related technical achievements.
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