A photovoltaic solar power plant that was built by Cap Sud Madagascar, a subsidiary of the French company Cap Sud, is now operational near the city of Ilakaka in Madagascar. The plant was built 1km from the city of Ilakaka that is located in the southern part of Madagascar, which has developed through an open-pit mine of precious stones, including sapphire.
The photovoltaic solar plant
The mini solar power plant has a capacity of 460kWp and consists of 1,415 solar panels connected to inverters. The facility is also equipped with a battery storage system installed in two re-equipped and equipped containers. The purpose of the system is to allow the plant to provide electricity after sunset. The batteries are thus capable of storing 1500 kWh.
Electricity generated from this plant will be sold to the Water and Electricity Company of Madagascar. It is intended for households and small businesses located in the village of Andohan’Ilakaka.
Reducing carbon emissions
According to Cap Sud, the use of the mini solar power plant in Ilakaka will make it possible to avoid 500 tonnes of carbon dioxide emitted per year by fossil fuels. “This photovoltaic solar power plant will replace the current thermal installation, which produces highly carbonated and more expensive energy. This is a real technological and economic transformation that will make it possible to fight against pollution but also against the increase in the price of diesel and therefore of energy on the big island,” a statement from Cap Sud read.
This is not the first solar project that Cap Sud Madagascar has undertaken in the country. It has built a 410 kWp hybrid mini solar power plant within the Galaxy Andraharo area. The plant supplies electricity to four buildings housing the offices of several companies, including the subsidiaries of the Axian group, which invests particularly in the energy sector.