Tanafelt

Azimut 360 inaugurates the Tanafelt solar micro-grid (Chefchaouen, Morocco)

On 12 June, the closing day of the project “Improving the competitiveness of the Tanafelt textile women’s Cooperative for local economic development in North Morocco” was held in Dardara (Chefchaouen, Morocco). The project, developed jointly with the local counterpart ADL-Al Maghrib and co-financed by the AECID, has focused on the consolidation of two projects of Social Economy and Solidarity: the Textile Cooperative of women of Tanafelt and the cooperative of renewable energies Codiber, the latter, created in the framework of a project executed by Azimut 360 in partnership with the City Hall of Chefchaouen. The improvement of the competitiveness of the textile cooperative has been achieved, on one hand, through the access to electrical power 24 / 24h through a 4,2kWp solar micro-grid that also gives service to the school, the kindergarten and the teacher’s houses. On the other hand, the cooperatives have assisted to various training courses focused on electric sewing, commercialisation and marketing, which has lead to a higher production capacity as well as new products and access to a new customer market. The consolidation and strengthening of the competences of the renewable energy cooperative of Chefchaouen, Codiber, has been carried out through its theoretical-practical training, participating as an installation company in the execution of the solar micro-grid of Tanafelt.

AZIMUT360 commissions a 500kWp Solar PV System at the MRC Unit The Gambia

AZIMUT360 presents the project developed with MBolo Association and Medical Research Council (MRC) installing 501 kWp in the Gambia. As technical partners in charge of design, management and commissioning of the installation, Azimut360 follows the story of empowerment of 3 women that throughout the installation develop their technical skills and confidence.

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Azimut360 to install 501,3 kWp of Solar Panels at the Medical Research Centre of The Gambia

  Azimut360 is glad to announce that, partnering with Fandema (Mbolo Association) and financed by Unido & MRC, is installing a 501kWp Solar PV installation for the Medical Research Centre of The Gambia (MRGC) in two of their compounds: Fajara and Keneba. The PV System will reduce the use of grid power as well as the back-up generators’ consumption (saving on power and fuel bills), and thus will pave a critical step in support of the environmental objectives of the MRC by reducing the carbon footprint in Africa. Work on site will take 3 months and the system ais expected to be generating solar electricity by July 2019. The project aims to:
  • Provide clean energy, improving the energy supply of MRCG and giving further stability on its energetic mix
  • Train local women installers on the design, installation, maintenance and operation of a Solar PV system. This knowledge transfer that will allow to replicate similar projects locally.
The energy sector in The Gambia is characterized by low levels of access to modern energy services, high dependence on traditional biomass fuels and an unsustainable dependence on imported fossil fuels for electricity generation. Several challenges burden The Gambia’s electricity subsector, such as high tariffs, poor operational efficiency, and heavy planned and unplanned outages due to its ageing transmission and distribution infrastructure. When high international oil prices and unfavourable foreign exchange rates occurs, the regional power stations operate for limited hours and on a day-to-day basis. This occurs because The Gambia’s installed generation capacity of 99 MW is entirely composed by heavy fuel oil (HFO) thermal power plants. In addition, a lack of resources for maintenance has led to deterioration in available capacity in the Greater Banjul Agra (GBA) to about 45 MW available today. This situation can be alleviated by using solar energy systems (grid-stabilization) and reducing expenses through savings into the client electricity bill. Currently, MRCG’s electricity power supply is mainly obtained from the Grid (powered by the National Water and Electricity Company -Nawec) and supported by backup standard diesel generators. The total energy consumption of MRCG in 2016 was about 3011.15MWh. Extending the project commissioned last year of 65.3 kWp installed on two roofs of the MRC compound in Fajara, the solar photovoltaic (PV) array to be installed at MRC is made up of a total of 1616 x 310 W PV modules placed in two different locations. In Fajara 1454 modules will be installed in 13 different roofs distributed all around the compound delivering 450.7 kWp. In Keneba 162 modules will be installed in 3 roofs delivering 50.22kWp. These systems have been conceived to provide energy to the MRC in order to self-consume 100% of the produced energy: during daylight the solar system generates AC power that is injected into the MRC internal electrical network when not consumed directly by the building itself. The installation is being carried out by the women-only Fandema’s Solar Energy Installation team, part of the Mbolo Association Educational project (more info http://www.m-bolo.org/en). Knowledge transfer is one of our main objectives in this project, therefore, as part of the build, Azimut360 will offer two different training approaches to the M’bolo Association Women-Only installation team:
  • On-line lessons via webinars including basic and advanced training about concepts of Solar PV design, sizing, H&S and regulations.
  • On-site lessons, with a practical training to learn the installation of the mounting structure for PV modules, wiring, electrical protection and O&M

Luxcara and Alpiq sign PPA contract

The renewable investment asset manager, Luxcara and Alpiq, an electricity producer and energy service provider, have signed a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) for the Spanish solar photovoltaic project of El Salobral. The project is located in the Cordoba municipality of Espejo. With a capacity of approximately 45 MWp, the solar plant will produce electricity from renewable sources equivalent to the consumption of more than 20,000 homes. “Already in 2015, we start concentrating on projects in grid-parity markets and on PPA structures with reliable buyers for our wind and solar portfolio. We are delighted to have formalized this agreement with Alpiq for our solar project in Spain,” says Philip Sander, CEO of Luxcara. This is a “very important operation for Alpiq in Spain and we look forward to expanding the collaboration with Luxcara, here and in other European countries”. “Alpiq has been strongly committed to the Spanish market for almost 10 years and maintains its vocation for growth in Spain, where we are very close to producers of renewables and cogeneration and waste plants, offering them tailor-made products to optimise their income and help them manage their risks, as well as providing a competitive gas and electricity supply,” says Alpiq’s country manager in Spain, Guillermo Negro. This is a “very important operation for Alpiq in Spain and we hope that we will be able to expand our collaboration with Luxcara in the future, here and in other European countries”, concludes Negro. At the end of 2017, the El Salobral project was acquired by Luxcara for a portfolio of institutional investors. With the Guillena-Salteras solar project, the company added another solar project to this portfolio in December 2018. Luxcara and Alpiq Luxcara is an independent asset manager offering equity and debt investment opportunities to institutional investors in the international renewable energy market. Founded in 2009, Luxcara acquires, structures, finances and operates renewable energy and related infrastructure projects as a long-term investor with a vocation to remain in the capital. The company specializes in structuring electricity PPA agreements in a liberalized market. Luxcara’s portfolio includes solar and wind power plants throughout Europe with an installed capacity of more than 1 GW and an investment volume of more than 2,300 million euros. The Swiss company Alpiq offers its customers comprehensive and efficient services in the field of electricity generation and marketing, as well as in energy optimization and electromobility solutions. Alpiq is active in the main European markets with unique expertise in the field of flexibility trading and cross-border trading. It offers solutions mainly oriented to the industrial sector such as the supply of gas and electricity, as well as market representation or risk management, with a diversified customer base in these sectors, from chemicals to ceramics, through automotive, food or paper.

Luxcara and Alpiq sign PPA contract

The renewable investment asset manager, Luxcara and Alpiq, an electricity producer and energy service provider, have signed a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) for the Spanish solar photovoltaic project of El Salobral. The project is located in the Cordoba municipality of Espejo. With a capacity of approximately 45 MWp, the solar plant will produce electricity from renewable sources equivalent to the consumption of more than 20,000 homes. “Already in 2015, we start concentrating on projects in grid-parity markets and on PPA structures with reliable buyers for our wind and solar portfolio. We are delighted to have formalized this agreement with Alpiq for our solar project in Spain,” says Philip Sander, CEO of Luxcara. This is a “very important operation for Alpiq in Spain and we look forward to expanding the collaboration with Luxcara, here and in other European countries”. “Alpiq has been strongly committed to the Spanish market for almost 10 years and maintains its vocation for growth in Spain, where we are very close to producers of renewables and cogeneration and waste plants, offering them tailor-made products to optimise their income and help them manage their risks, as well as providing a competitive gas and electricity supply,” says Alpiq’s country manager in Spain, Guillermo Negro. This is a “very important operation for Alpiq in Spain and we hope that we will be able to expand our collaboration with Luxcara in the future, here and in other European countries”, concludes Negro. At the end of 2017, the El Salobral project was acquired by Luxcara for a portfolio of institutional investors. With the Guillena-Salteras solar project, the company added another solar project to this portfolio in December 2018. Luxcara and Alpiq Luxcara is an independent asset manager offering equity and debt investment opportunities to institutional investors in the international renewable energy market. Founded in 2009, Luxcara acquires, structures, finances and operates renewable energy and related infrastructure projects as a long-term investor with a vocation to remain in the capital. The company specializes in structuring electricity PPA agreements in a liberalized market. Luxcara’s portfolio includes solar and wind power plants throughout Europe with an installed capacity of more than 1 GW and an investment volume of more than 2,300 million euros. The Swiss company Alpiq offers its customers comprehensive and efficient services in the field of electricity generation and marketing, as well as in energy optimization and electromobility solutions. Alpiq is active in the main European markets with unique expertise in the field of flexibility trading and cross-border trading. It offers solutions mainly oriented to the industrial sector such as the supply of gas and electricity, as well as market representation or risk management, with a diversified customer base in these sectors, from chemicals to ceramics, through automotive, food or paper.
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