Sungrow joins JCM Power and InfraCo to establish Malawi’s first solar-plus-storage project

AdobeStock 175556195Sungrow, a leading PV and ESS solutions supplier for renewables, has partnered with JCM Power, InfraCo Africa, RINA and Innovate UK to construct the Republic of Malawi’s first utility-scale solar-plus-storage project

Located in the Dedza district of Malawi near the town of Golomoti, the 20MWac solar PV and 5MW/10MWh energy storage project is set to become a leading project in sub-Saharan Africa in demonstrating the value of solar PV coupled with energy storage.

The project will fully adopt Sungrow’s one-stop solar-plus-storage MV solution comprised of PV inverter, MV station, all-in-one Power Conversion System, battery container, and energy management system (EMS). 

The Golomoti project, which is expected to enter operations at the end of 2021, will have all engineering, procurement and construction activities managed by JCM Power. The inclusion of lithium-ion batteries behind the meter at this scale will be a first in sub-Saharan Africa.

“We are pleased to have selected Sungrow to supply solar inverters, transformer kiosks and a one-stop lithium-ion battery energy storage solution for this pioneering project. Together, with Sungrow’s global experience and expertise, we look forward to this project demonstrating the pathway for clean, affordable and reliable energy for Malawi and further as a demonstration to other developing nations,” said Shane Eglinton, engineering director of JCM Power.

Phyllis Yang, head of Sungrow Southern Africa, added, “We are extremely proud to be part of this iconic project. At the same time, we are certain that the introduction of our latest outdoor Power Conversion System solutions to the African market will boost the region’s clean-power access and economic growth."

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