Development of solar PV and energy storage in Akaki, Cyprus, in the pipeline

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Plans are underway for the development of 72MW and 41MW/82MWh Solar PV and energy storage in Akaki, Cyprus. A proposal and an environmental impact assessment (EIA) for the project, which would be the biggest of either technology type to date have already been submitted.

The Cyprus Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment received the EIA last month from AGM Solar power-Limited and AGM Lightpower Limited. The consultation period will end on April 2nd, 2023. Thus, the companies anticipate that work on the solar PV and energy storage in Akaki will begin in 2025 and be completed by 2028.

Cyprus wants to generate 23% of its energy from renewable sources by 2030. It currently depends on fossil fuel imports for three thermal power stations totaling 1480MW, now serving most of its electricity needs. On top of the co-located solar PV and energy storage in Akaki, EIAs were forwarded to the Ministry portal for an additional (approximately) 50MW of solar PV projects in February.

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Solar PV and energy storage in Akaki, a part of the ongoing development of renewable energy storage projects in Island nations

Island nations worldwide are implementing combined renewable and energy storage projects. As a result, the projects will help lessen their reliance on fossil fuels. Furthermore, it will guarantee that the energy produced by renewable sources can be used when it is most needed. Recently, it was reported that a French company had been awarded contracts in Mauritius. The firm will supply 60MW of solar PV projects with attached BESS units.

Hitachi Energy has also installed a 6.25MW/7.5MWh battery energy storage system (BESS) in the Faroe Islands. The project has significant advantages for a connected wind farm and is intended for utility SEV. The energy solutions division of the Japanese conglomerate Hitachi provided the BESS. In January, a solar and storage project with a 2.1MW BESS also began construction on the island of Anegada in the British Virgin Islands.