MADAGASCAR – French renewable energy producer Akuo Energy has commissioned 44 mobile solar units in the port city of Tuléar, south of Madagascar.

The project is being implemented in partnership with Enelec, the energy unit of Madagascar-based renewable energy group Filatex.

The 44 containerised units have a production capacity of 2.9 MWp.

New clean energy technologies are helping Madagascar in its electrification process and the large island is thus benefiting from the new Solar GEM®️.

The mobile containerised units were pre-assembled by Akuo Energy, a French producer of renewable energy.

Each unit is made up of 200 solar panels capable of delivering nearly 66 kWp, for a combined capacity of 2.9 MWp. 

“The pre-assembled and pre-wired units can be deployed in just 30 minutes and folded up in 45 minutes. They therefore have the advantage that they can be moved between periods of harsh weather conditions, offering protection solutions in areas where the climate is unstable,” says Akuo Energy.

The project, which required an investment of US$7 million, has received long-term funding from Atmosfair, an organisation based in Bonn, Germany, whose main mission is to provide offsets for greenhouse gases emitted by aircraft, cruise ships, long-distance coaches and events.

In Madagascar, its ambition is to contribute to the development of renewable energies.

“We are enabling Tulear to green its energy production and giving the inhabitants access to an essential need while respecting the environment. We are also beginning a phase of industrialisation of our hybrid solutions. It is a great pride for Akuo to announce the entry into service of this power plant,” says Eric Scotto, president and co-founder of Akuo Energy.

According to the company, which employs 189 people (2019), the containerised solar system in Tuléar should help improve access to electricity in Madagascar.

According to the World Bank’s 2018 report, 15% of the island’s population have access to electricity.

The local government has set a goal to extend energy access to 70% of the population by 2030.

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