Wärtsilä’s engine-solar hybrids save fuel, which results in cost savings and environmental benefits. The entire scope delivered covers the full engineering, procurement & construction (EPC) of the solar PV power plant, including inverters and switchgear, in addition to almost 130,000 photovoltaic panels. Last but not least, there is the control system - a crucial component of the hybrid plant - which is also included.
Essakane Solar’s engine-solar PV hybrid power plant, supplied by Wärtsilä, is one of the largest of its kind in the world. The plant is a breakthrough for industries relying on expensive carbon-intensive diesel power, which until now has been their only reliable energy source.
For large isolated industries such as mining companies, which operate around the clock, hybridisation can be the answer, especially as the energy costs typically represent up to 30% of the operating expenses. Connecting a renewable energy source such as solar power to a Smart Power Generation plant reduces energy costs, improves the carbon as well as the social footprint, and hedges against oil price unpredictability.
Providing a solution that reduces fuel costs significantly
Delivery of a 15 MWp solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant in hybrid operation with an existing thermal plant
Reduced fuel consumption by approximately 6 million litres per year resulting in substantial savings
Ensuring a sustainable energy production for an off-grid gold mine
Full EPC solar plant delivery including inverters, switchgear and control system
Environmental benefit through a reduced annual carbon footprint of 18,500 tons (CO2)