ABB’s South African headquarters is now equipped with a 756 kWp solar-powered microgrid.
The company partnered with South African solar system wholesaler Lumax Energy and German solar solutions firm Renusol on the planning and design of the photovoltaic (PV) module mounting solution, which the firms described as a world premiere.
Frans-Willem Vermaak, business development manager at Lumax, said: à‚ ‘Using high quality seam clamps with Renusol rails we achieved a solution that is good for both the panels and the roof. The clamps ensure the roof sheeting warranties are honoured while the rail system elevates the panels to a good height for ventilation purposes. The ease of use of the system allowed a fast installation time: it took approximately two weeks to install all the mounting kit.’ à‚
‘This microgrid installation is indicative of our ability to provide electricity to remote or isolated areas, integrated with traditional and renewable generation,’ said Leon Viljoen, managing director of ABB South Africa. ‘They can also serve as a flexible backup source for industrial and commercial facilities and help address power disruptions while minimizing environmental impact.’
The installation (pictured) represents Renusol’s first major project in South Africa.