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Lions and tigers at Kruger National Park, South Africa

Hybrid solar solutions for remote locations

Kruger National Park is one of Africa’s largest game reserves. Its mountains, bush plains and tropical forests are home to a high density of wild animals and birds, including the ‘Big 5’ - lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and buffalos.

ClientNational Department of Tourism
ExpertiseOwner's engineer

To sustainably meet Kruger National Park’s energy needs, the National Department of Tourism is developing four solar PV projects in collaboration with South Africa National Parks.

Opportunity

The projects consist of two grid connected PV systems (250-1,000kWp); and two off-grid hybrid PV systems using batteries and diesel generators (100-500kWp). The grid connected projects will provide electricity to the rest-camps and airport at Skukuza and Lower Sabie; while the off-grid systems will feed demand at Nkhulu and Tshokwane picnic sites, which are more remote areas within the park.

Solution

As owner’s engineer on the project, we undertook feasibility studies to identify the most suitable solution for each of the sites based on demand requirements. Our team conducted extensive market research on off-grid PV systems and ran sensitivity analysis for the hybrid solutions’ equipment sizing to identify the optimum hybrid system configurations for each site.

We provided all technical input associated with procurement of the projects, including the development of technical specifications for the bidders, and have supported the technical discussions and negotiations with the two appointed EPC contractors up to contract signature. Our scope of services also includes the construction and commissioning supervision of the four plants.

Outcome

The two grid connected PV projects are now under construction, with the off-grid project in final negotiation. All projects are expected to gradually become operational shortly thereafter.

By drawing on our global resource pool of in-house expertise, and our in-depth understanding of PV projects worldwide, we successfully supported development of the plants to the highest quality levels to meet our client’s requirements and expectations.

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