Solar + Storage + Diesel
Earlier this year, AlphaESS partnered with Mandalay Yoma Energy to embark the second phase of an electrification process to help increase the electricity supply to the local people in Myanmar.
For this Myanmar government's project, AlphaESS has already contributed 11 systems of solar-battery-diesel microgrid with 500kW hybrid inverters and 1483kWh batteries, being distributed in 11 villages in 2019.
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Now it comes to a village named Pet Pye. For a set of 170kW PV, AlphaESS provides a solar-storage-diesel system of 100kW/400kWh, which consists of one T100 inverter outdoor cabinet and four battery outdoor cabinets.
After decades of isolation, Myanmar started to rapidly open up 8 years ago, and Myanmar's economy is expected to increase rapidly at least until 2030 according to the World Bank. The country is twice the size of Finland with nearly 60 million population. However, its electricity infrastructure is very undeveloped, producing only 3,600MW for the whole country while the electricity consumption is expected to increase by 11% yearly until 2030, reaching 8,600MW by 2025 and 12,600MW by 2030. According to the World Bank, Myanmar need to invest 2 billion USD a year to meet this growth demand.
ENGIE, a French energy giant that is increasingly active in the off-grid clean energy space in India and Africa, now has teamed up with a Myanmar-focused off-grid energy specialist, Mandalay Yoma Energy, to help spur rural electrification across the Southeast Asian country with mini-grids integrating PV, diesel and battery storage.
Mandalay Yoma was founded in 2014 and has taken a market leading role in Myanmar's PV mini-grid industry since then. All the firm's projects combine solar, energy storage and diesel power backup. These projects tend to use PV modules from JinkoSolar and LFP energy storage systems from AlphaESS. The company has already provided power to 6,000 consumers, which is more than half of what the government achieved in the last two years.
Under the partnership with ENGIE and Mandalay Yoma Energy, AlphaESS will continue to focus on Myanmar's national programme for total electrification by 2030, in a country that has at least 27 million people without access to power. Together with these powerful partners, AlphaESS also wants to consolidate the leadership in the market and move onto bigger numbers to do 1,000 out of 30,000 unelectrified villages in Myanmar within the next 3-5 years.
AlphaESS solutions are designed to serve for long time periods and can also be connected to the national grid. AlphaESS also designs containerized solutions, which integrate the batteries and the inverters for faster mini-grid deployment.
All the projects will be under the country's DRD mini-grid program that is aligned with the National Electrification Plan 2030. The program is supported by US$400 million from the World Bank for the off-grid segment across both solar home systems (SHS) and mini-grids.
In the future, AlphaESS will prioritize the implementation of solar mini-grids in villages far away from the national grid, which comes at the last phase of electrification and are too expensive to be connected through the main grid as it is.