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Geographically dispersed islands pose a challenge to the installation of large-scale solar power plants in the Maldives, hence the nation has depended on diesel-driven generators for its daily power supply, which is less stable and cost-efficient when compared with renewable energies.
Diesel-based power generation also results in more carbon emissions. Clenergy recently supplied 3MW of its solar mounting products for 13 islands in the Maldives.
The Clenergy team assessed various factors to ensure a longer service life and greater ROI for the stakeholders, ranging from the mounting structural strength, waterproof performance, corrosion resistance to the ease of installation on site.
Based on its unique geological and weather conditions, SolarRoof™ Penetrative mounting system and Razor Wing’s solar carport (ezShade series) by PV-ezRack® were identified as the ideal solutions across these islands.
Additionally, newly released high value-add solar fencing solution SteelFarm (Shield Series) with the solar carport solution. This fencing solution delivers multiple benefits when it comes to PV installations in solar plants.
The Clenergy logistics team also classified the materials based on the country’s standards, further facilitating the installation process and laying a solid foundation for the final grid connection.
The Maldives is a low-lying archipelagic state that is more vulnerable to rising sea levels caused by climate change. This nation has also taken multiple targeted measures in response to the climate emergency.
In 2020, the country revealed its ambitious targets to reduce a quarter of its carbon emissions and achieve the net-zero goal by 2030. The World Bank also launched the Accelerating Renewable Energy Integration and Sustainable Energy (ARISE) initiative in 2020, one of whose objectives is to increase the generation capacity of renewable energies in the Maldives.
Daniel Hong, CEO at Clenergy, said, “We are excited that we can drive this island state to accelerate its transition to renewable energies, which is stepping up its efforts to address the climate challenges. As one of the world’s leading solar solution providers, Clenergy remains committed to fulfilling our responsibilities on the road to a sustainable future. We are proud that Clenergy is part of the solution for the Maldives to be one step closer to achieving its carbon-neutrality commitments.”
Currently, renewables account for less than 5% of the national energy mix in the Maldives, where there are great opportunities for developing renewable energy resources.
With the deployment of more clean energy projects and with less reliance on polluting and unreliable diesel power, the Maldives is expected to significantly reduce its carbon footprint by 2030. Local people will also enjoy more stable, sustainable, and greener electricity at a lower cost.