Solar hybrid microgrid electrifies Tanzania villages

A solar-hybrid mini-grid project is underway in Tanzania.

In the current first phase, 11 new mini-grids are being constructed to bring electricity to a population of more than 80,000 people.

Built on a cluster of islands in Lake Victoria, the independent solar hybrid mini-grids, equipped with battery storage technology, will electrify 20 villages and are due to be commissioned in June.

A second phase aims to build up to 11 more mini-grids to electrify 23 additional villages, bringing energy services to a population of over 160,000 people.

The projects are being built by JUMEME Rural Power Supply, a joint-venture between INENSUS, a German microgrid company, Austrian renewable energy project developer Terra Projects, and the St. Augustine University of Tanzania.
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Finnish energy company Fortum is to build a 250 MW solar power plant in India.

The plant in Rajasthan is for Solar Energy Corporation of India and it is due to be completed and commissioned in 2020.

Fortum currently operates solar capacity of 185 MW in India. In June last year, it won the right to build 250 MW of solar in India which currently is under construction and expected to be commissioned in 2019.
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