Solar photovoltaic (PV) inverter manufacturer Sungrow has installed what it claims is the world’s largest PV and energy storage microgrid in Tibet.

The 20 MW plant comprises 13 MW of PV inverters and 7 MW of energy storage inverters and is located in Shuanghu, the highest region in the world.

It has been built to provide electricity to over 14,000 people living in the area, which has average elevations reaching heights of over 5000 metres.

With temperatures often dipping below -5℃ and the lowest temperatures recorded at -40℃, Shuanghu County’s extreme climate has frequently posed challenges to inverters and other solar components.

Given the freezing conditions, Sungrow says the plant is ‘intelligently designed for remote monitoring and makes unattended operation a reality’.

Sungrow President Professor Renxian Cao added: ‘We are always dedicated to bringing green and effective energy to markets in need all around the world, especially for those who reside in areas with limited access to electricity.’