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SustainSolar: delivers mini-grid to remote school in Malawi

  • Sector: Energy
  • Date: January 28, 2020

  • Company: SustainSolar provides containerized, high-quality, durable solutions for renewable power generation and battery storage for rural and remote locations across Africa.

SustainSolar are proud to announce that we have just finished the installation of a solar power mini-grid at the Sokola Village School in the remote mountains of Malawi.

The Sustain Compact™ solar system has an initial PV capacity of 6 kWp and 10 kWh of lithium-ion battery storage, with future expansion capability built into the system design allowing the power supply to grow with demand. The AC electricity is distributed across the entire campus consisting of classrooms, teachers’ houses, admin building and the newly built dorm for 96 young girls. The system formed the first mini-grid in Malawi using market leading technology from Tesvolt batteries and SMA inverters, both German manufacturers.

Sokola Village School is the only school in the region. For that reason, many children walk for two hours or more every morning, across remote and often dangerous terrain, just to get to school, explained Rick Armstrong, head of the Sokola mini-grid project. This new girls’ dorm we built will house 96 young ladies and allow them to focus more on learning and becoming future leaders, Armstrong added.

This is exactly the type of project that meets Sustainable Power Generation’s mission to change the way developing economies gain access to power, explained Ames Martin, Head of Operations at SustainSolar. Read more about the project on their website here.