On Thursday, US power company Eaton, announced that it would be supplying engineering and power distribution equipment for the development of a 5MW solar micro-grid system in Annobon, Equatorial Guinea.

This will be Africa’s largest solar micro-grid project, forming part of Equatorial Guinea’s economic growth plan, ‘Horizon 2020’, a national initiative to power the economy to reach new heights by incorporating modern technology and infrastructure.

The project is being developed by three American companies including:

  • Eaton
  • Management and economic consulting, MAECI Solar
  • Renewable power installation firm, Wise Power Systems International

The Annobon Electrification Project

Local communities are spending 15%-20% of their monthly income on additional power resources as the five-hours-a-day generators currently used offer unreliable and irregular electricity supply. The micro-grid system includes battery storage which will contribute to the supply of reliable and sustainable power and at the same time reduce unnecessary costs to consumers.

William Rawheiser, president of Wise Power Systems International said:

‘We are extremely excited to bring this solar micro-grid solution to Annobon Island to help raise the quality of life for the people and bring world class decentralized electrical grid solutions to Equatorial Guinea and Africa.

‘The Annobon Electrification Project will bring a much needed stable, reliable, and consistent power supply to the island, and enable the development of multiple industries, bringing valuable jobs and significantly raising the standard of living’, he continued.

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Nicolette Pombo-van Zyl has been working in the African power, energy and water sectors since 2011, first with African Utility Week and now as the Editor of ESI Africa. She is also an Advisory Board member of the Global and African Power & Energy Elites publications. With her passion for sustainable business and placing African countries on the international stage, Nicolette takes a keen interest in current affairs and technology trends.