Largest privately owned solar installation in Ghana

Gloria’s Drinks Factory Kpong , Ghana , Western Africa 

Overview

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    With Ghana experiencing an erratic power supply and regular blackouts known as “Dumsor”, a successful Ghanaian business woman reached out to a UK Outback specialist to help take the power into her community’s own hands.

Gloria Rego, who generously supports schools, churches, and community projects in the area, set out to find a solution to the regular power outages and price hikes that has blighted Ghanaian for years.

With plans to open a soft drinks factory in Kpong, employing more than 100 local people, Gloria needed to overcome Dumsor and rectify her unreliable three-phase power grid which regularly lost phases and fluctuated from 100 to 180 volts per phase, damaging electrical equipment.

Having researched a number of renewable energy suppliers to help, Gloria came across Yorkshire-based Xerogrid, an Outback distributor and authorised service centre in the UK and Spain.

As a solus outback distributor, designer and installer, Xerogrid specialise in outback off-grid renewable solutions across the globe.

Objectives:

Xerogrid were tasked with supplying reliable, clean three-phase electricity to run a soft drinks production line of up to 60kw peak during the day, using solar as the primary power source, with grid back up.

They needed to install a combination of battery and grid power to run offices and staff accommodation at night time.

To provide a solution to allow Gloria to become more independent of the unreliable grid, and able to avoid regular price increases.

To keep the use of a 30 year old generator to the absolute minimum, negating the need to buy a new one.

Benefits

Uninterrupted production runs during the day, without equipment damage from a fluctuating grid.

Kudos; This is Ghana’s largest privately owned grid supported solar system has become an attraction in Kpong.

Cost reduction against diesel generator use and repairs, negating the need to purchase and expensive new one.

Night time power and the luxury of fans, lights and air conditioning, keeping the offices running and the factory secure.

Solution

Without reliable power, it would have been impossible to consider such a project in this area.

Within sight of the Okosombo hydroelectric plant, once Ghana’s only source of power, an exciting, practical and cost effective new way to produce power is now seeing Gloria Rego’s ambitious plans to offer a reliable supply of cool fruit drinks and Volta water, coming to fruition.

Most nights the offices and factory shop are administering and selling cool, locally-produced drinks after a full production run during the day.

The radian inverters keep grid and generator use to an absolute minimum, even in the rainy season, giving a good return on investment.

When “Dumsor “ comes at night, and Kpong is cast into darkness, Gloria’s factory can be seen for miles, as the place to buy cool drinks in the heat that is Ghana.

 

System specification

9 x Radian GS7048E, three per phase totalling 63KW + output

9x GLSC175PV-230 radian load centres

3 x Mate 3 Programmers , using Optics RE connected by cellular data link for monitoring and adjusting to factory use as it develops

16 x FM80 charge controllers , with 16 x FW PV8 combiner boxes

380 x 250w PV modules

12Kms 6mm solar cable

96 x 1000AH 2volt OPZv cells

     

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