BOAD to pump CFA25 billion into the construction of a solar PV plant in Awandjelo, northern Togo

BOAD to pump CFA25 billion into the construction of a solar PV plant in Awandjelo, northern Togo

The Banque Ouest Africaine de Développement or BOAD will spend CFA25 billion on the construction of a solar PV plant in Kpalassi, near Awandjelo in the Kara region of Togo. The Bank approved the financing yesterday, June 14, during a board meeting.

This is the first of two major new renewable energy projects that the IFC backs through its Scaling Solar initiative; an initiative that Togo joined in July 2019. The other project, a solar park, should be located in Salimde near Sokodé, in the central region of Togo.

Initially, the IFC’s program aimed to support Togo to develop 90 MWp of solar PV energy, via projects that would be connected to the national grid and financed by private funds. The support was to be in the form of legal, regulatory, and technical analysis.

Regarding Awandjelo’s upcoming plant, it is expected to have a capacity of 42 MWp. According to the BOAD’s board, it will “help diversify the energy mix and reduce energy production costs, as well as improve the living conditions of people living in the concerned areas.”

The BOAD claims that once active, the plant should increase the share of renewables in Togo’s energy mix from 27% now to 40% in 2024, in line with the national strategy which puts this figure at 50% by 2030. Besides, the infrastructure should raise the electrification rate to 75% in 2025, from 59% in 2021.

About three years ago, Togo had almost no real installed renewable energy capacity. Since then, however, the country has launched several clean energy projects to bridge this gap–in rural areas especially, it relies a lot on solar. One of the flagship projects that Lomé undertook in this framework is Blitta’s Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed solar power plant. Built by AMEA Power, an Emirati firm, and inaugurated in 2021, this infrastructure is claimed to be the largest of its kind in Africa. The BOAD also invested in Blitta’s plant–CFA21 billion–alongside the Abu Dhabi Fund.

Adding the money it will pump into Awandjelo’s plant, the BOAD is now Togo’s biggest financial sponsor of renewable energy projects.

While no detail has yet been filtered on the private partner selected to develop, build and operate, for about 25 years, the Awandjelo solar PV plant, it is known that around 20 bidders are pre-qualified to compete for the project. They were picked following a tender issued by the Togolese Agency for Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy (AT2ER) in January 2020.

Source: Togo First

Pay-As-You-Go PAYG for solar home systems

What is Pay-As-You-Go?

PAYG is a technology that removes the upfront price barrier of Solar Home Systems (SHS), by allowing end-users to pay in affordable amounts over time. This is accomplished by additional electronics, which enables or disables the SHS on request, achieving a top-up payment structure similar to mobile phones.

In order to make a PAYG system work, there is a locking /unlocking functionality that needs to be integrated into the hardware of the system. Solar Home Systems has the PAYG functionality included.

Secondly, a PAYG software backend is needed to track customer payments and offer Customer Relationship Management (CRM) functions, which are offered by PAYG service providers. Depending on the chosen PAYG service provider, the backend also includes warehousing, service management, and many other functionalities.

benefits of PAYG
Benefits of PAYG

What does PAYGo MAI means to PAYGo industry?

As we all known,Pay-As-You- Go(PAYGo)business model have been increased steadily among SSA and some Asia countries during the year of 2020 and 2021 . But PAYGo technologies still remain novel in many countries. For Solar Run,PAYGo model is the main part of our business and exploring  new PAYGo markets need sound and sufficient data to support, for this part,the PAYGo MAI contribute greatly to the decision of entering new market especially in Nigeria market. Someone may wonder is that really matters to expanding new markets and what on earth is the PAYGo MAI ?

Here it is —PAYGo MAI

paygo MAI

 

What is the PAYGo MAI?

PAYGo MAI is the abbreviation of PAYGo Market Attractiveness Index,it compares 24 country-level markets across Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia on 67 indicators of relevance to the development of PAYGo technologies. And is structured by three main parts–Demand,Supply,Enabling environment as follows.

paygo meaning

PAYGo MAI is valid and reliable information for all its data are based on detailed local research and report and by using the PAYGo MAI,Solar Run or other energy companies and investors shall obviously and clearly target its next expanding PAYGo market.

What PAYGo MAI contribute to energy suppliers ?

The PAYGo MAI provides suppliers with a flexible and accessible tool that can be used to examine the factors that make a national market favourable for the development of energy services through this business model and those that do not.

The tool provides a structure for decision making criteria for use on entry into a market, and for deepening market penetration. The purpose is to provide a guiding framework and indicators that highlight the conditions and challenges in each market.

Solar Run Best-seller PAYGo products in Nigeria

solar lighting system

solar home system
solar home system

We– Solar Run a one-stop solar solution leader that provides reliable affordable and sustainable solutions to off-grid areas also serves pay as you go (PAYG) turnkey solution to the last-miles regions.

Solar Run-One-stop Solar Solution Leader
Solar Run-One-stop Solar Solution Leader

Why Solar Home System Quality Standard is Important?

In the end-selling market, people always see the same configuration products with alike appearance but have a huge price gap. Also, this situation happens when solar products distributors purchase devices from manufacturers—they don’t know why the same figure on the datasheet but the quotations are totally different until they sell the sleazy items and receive so lots of customer complaints.

The truth is that the costs of solar home systems or solar lanterns are comparatively high, and most consumers simply cannot afford to purchase something that does not meet expectations or is prone to early breakage, which was the reason that impedes households replacing kerosene with modern clean electricity.

Solar Run Apollo Solar Home System

For protecting consumers from low-quality products and for enhancing consumer confidence, Lighting Global (Now called Verasol Standard) developed a series of Quality Standards and testing methods for pico-PV lanterns and solar home systems.

In order to meet Lighting Global Standards, products are tested against a baseline level of quality, durability, and truth-in-advertising. Products must also carry a warranty. These standards have ensured the product quality from the production chain to after-sale service.

Shenzhen Solar Run Energy (Solar Run) is a company that keeps following the latest quality standard in the industry and until now it owns 13 products that meet Lighting Global Standard (Now called Verasol). As a Chinese company, Solar Run is aware of the importance of enhancing market confidence because most materials and products are shipped from China, thus Solar Run must take responsibility and work with international organizations to build the highest standard.

Lighting Global Verification for Solar Home System

The reason why Solar Run follows Lighting Global’s step is also that their test methods have been adopted by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) as a reference point for quality assurance of off-grid lighting products (IEC Technical Specification 62257-9-5), and also the updated standard by Verasol IEC 62257-9-8.

Through the adoption of world level standards and many kinds of accompanying measures, national governments in Africa are helping to boost the availability of high-quality off-grid solar lighting and energy products – and at an affordable price for consumers.

Furthermore, although Solar Run’s products meet the highest quality standard in the industry, we never forget our main customer group is rural off-grid people who lack affordability, thus Solar Run energy is always thinking about how to make the price more competitive and cost-effective but no compromise on quality, and also Pay-As-You-Go(PAYGo) products take a great place in Solar Run product line. We hope more people could join us and change the world together.

An Overview of Solar Home System

  1. Brief introduction of solar home system

Solar home system: SHS (Solar Home System). Mainly refers to the small photovoltaic power generation system installed in office buildings and residential buildings to supply power to the residents themselves. During the day, the power generation system charges the battery; in the evening, the power generation system discharges the electric energy stored in the battery to realize power supply to household loads.

Its composition is as follows:

 

  • PV modules

Solar panels are the core part of the solar power generation system and the most valuable part of the solar power generation system. Its role is to convert solar energy into electric energy or sent it to the storage battery or drive the load. The quality and cost of solar panels will directly determine the quality and cost of the entire system.

The raw material of solar panel includes cells, glass, EVA, TPT, and aluminum alloy frame.

  • Controller

The solar controller is composed of a dedicated processor CPU, electronic components, displays, and switching power tubes.

  • Battery

Generally, lead-acid batteries, generally 12V and 24V two kinds, in small and microsystems, Lithium Iron Phosphate batteries, nickel-cadmium batteries, or lithium batteries can also be used. Its function is to store the electrical energy generated by the solar panel when there is light, and then release it when needed.

  • Inverter

In many cases, AC power is required.

There are two kinds of electricity, DC and AC. Homes that are connected to utility power use AC electricity. Flashlights, small radios, and automobiles use DC electricity. The direct output of the solar generation system is generally direct current, which needs to convert the DC (direct current) generated by the solar power system into AC (alternating current), so an inverter is required. An inverter is a device that converts direct current (DC) into alternating current (AC).

 

  1. Classification of Solar Home System

Household solar power generation is divided into off-grid power generation system and grid-connected power generation system:

  • Off-grid solar home systems.

It is mainly composed of solar cell components, controllers, and storage batteries. To supply power to AC loads, an AC inverter is also required.

 

( YelloBox—4 rooms lighting and 2 ports for phone charging )

( Mbox — Power home lighting, phone charging, fan, TV, radio, solar torch )

 

  • Grid-connected solar home system.

It means that the direct current generated by solar modules is converted into alternating current that meets the requirements of the commercial power grid by a grid-connected inverter and then directly connected to the public grid.

Grid-connected power generation systems include centralized large-scale grid-connected power stations, which are generally national-level power stations. The main feature is that the generated energy is directly transmitted to the grid, and the grid is uniformly deployed to supply power to users. However, this kind of power station has a large investment, a long construction period, and a large area, and its development is relatively difficult. The distributed small-scale grid-connected power generation system, especially the photovoltaic building integrated power generation system, is the mainstream of grid-connected power generation due to the advantages of small investment, fast construction, small footprint, and large policy support.

 

  1. Advantages of solar home system
  • Solar energy is inexhaustible.

The solar radiation energy received on the earth’s surface can meet 10,000 times the global energy demand. As long as solar PV systems are installed on 4% of the world’s deserts, the electricity generated can meet global needs. Solar power generation is safe and reliable, and will not suffer the impact of the energy crisis or unstable fuel market.

 

(2) Solar energy can be everywhere, and power can be supplied nearby without long-distance transmission, which avoids the loss of long-distance power transmission lines;

 

(3) Solar energy does not use fuel, and the operating cost is very low;

 

(4) Solar home system has no moving parts, is not easy to damage, and is simple to maintain. It is especially suitable for unattended use;

 

(5) Solar home system does not produce any waste, has no pollution, noise, and other public hazards, and has no adverse effects on the environment. It is ideal clean energy;

 

(6) The solar home system has a short construction period, is convenient and flexible, and can add or reduce the amount of solar power capacity according to the demand of the household to avoid waste.

 

  1. Application fields
  • Small power supplies ranging from 10 to 100W are used for military and civilian life in remote areas without electricity, such as plateaus, islands, pastoral areas, border posts, etc., such as lighting, TV, radio, etc.;

 

( Apollo—Room lighting, radio, phone charging, fan, TV)

 

  • 3-5KW home roof grid-connected Solar Power Generation System;
  • Solar water pump: to solve the drinking and irrigation of deepwater wells in areas without electricity;

(4) Solar water purifier: to solve the problem of drinking water and purified water quality in areas without electricity.

 

Shenzhen Solar Run Energy

Solar Run enables people to replace deleterious and expensive kerosene lanterns and candles with modern solar energy that can power lights, cellphones, TVs, fans, and other small electronic devices. To make off-grid people’s life easier and more comfortable.

Solar Run hopes to bring more happiness to people in power-intensive areas with our high-quality products in the future.