Photovoltaic, battery plant commissioned

water irrigation of potato field on sunny day

AGERMAN firm has commissioned a combined photovoltaic (PV) plant and battery system that will accelerate irrigation at Agricultural Knowledge and Training Centre (AKTC) in Chisamba.

The first-ever PV plant in southern Africa, and currently at pilot stage, will result in reliable supply of energy for the irrigation of a 90,000 square metres of grain field.

According to a statement issued by BayWa r.e. head of corporate communications Felix Gmelin, the project will provide up to 13 hours of electricity to the farm operated by the Ministry of Agriculture and German government.
“The plant supplies the farm for up to 13 hours per day with 450 kilowatts per hour (kWh) of renewable energy for the irrigation of the agricultural land in the area.
“This equals the consumption of 150 litres of diesel fuel per day and the emission of 145 tonnes of…

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