SMA solar microgrid in Caribbean marks one year

By Kathie Zipp PV-Battery Diesel Hybrid Plant on Sint Eustatius (c) SMA Sunbelt
SMA Sunbelt commissioned a 1.89-MW solar PV and 1-MW / 572-kWh Li-Ion battery energy storage system in March 2016. The objective of the retrofitted renewable energy plant is to reduce the diesel consumption of existing diesel generators. THEnergy has performed a data analysis for the first year of operations. Large-scale hybrid systems are rather complex and for island utilities it is difficult to fully assess the outcome of hybridizing their diesel power plants with solar power plants on fuel consumption. They typically rely on the calculations of the manufacturers or on

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