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Turkish renewable energy developer Citus Power has completed the installation of a solar array at the Stade du Senegal (Abdoulaye Wade Stadium) in Dakar. Citrus Power has built the 2.3 MW ground-mounted solar facilities with Sungrow inverters and Trina modules.
The construction of the solar PV array began at the stadium began in December 2021. The facility is built with 77 independent structures, each containing 66 solar modules. The plant can be operated in both on-grid and off-grid modes.
The solar PV system contains 21 Sungrow 110CX 110 kW inverters along with 5,112 Trina Solar TSM-450DE17M(II) 450W modules. There are also seven diesel generators that can work with the solar PV system in case of power outages.
According to Eren Ulusoy, Business Development Manager at Citrus Power, the Senegal stadium contains two separate independent grid inputs, thus it has two different electrical circuits inside the stadium. The newly connected PV system is split into two independent arrays with a power of 700 kW and 1400 kW, to feed both sides of the stadium.
The two different control panels contain DEIF ASC-4 devices that control the inverters and monitor the load and generator outputs. These controllers are designed to communicate with each other even if there is no electrical connection between the two sides of the stadium.
Ulusoy also mentioned that the solar plant currently generates more power than its consumption but is not selling the excess power to the grid, as it has not received clearance from the local authorities yet.