A wildlife conservancy in Kenya has installed a solar-plus-battery energy storage microgrid in a move to save on fuel costs.

The Loisaba Conservancy, a hub for wildlife research and an ecotourism destination, now features two solar/storage systems, each with a 37 kW solar photovoltaic (PV) array (pictured) and 106 kW of battery energy storage, replacing the previous diesel generators.

The systems will power a commercial laundry, swimming pool, kitchen, business services, lighting, cooling, and other facility loads. The solar panels will power the facilities and charge the battery systems during the day, while the batteries will provide power at night and during cloudy periods.

The project represents a collaboration between salt-water battery maker Aquion Energy and solar services firm SolarAfrica. In a statement, the companies said the microgrid system is expected to reduce diesel fuel consumption by 95% and save 53 tonnes of CO2 per year.