Solar Magazine, 29th October 2018
ENGIE eps is building what’s billed as the world’s largest, solar power-energy storage microgrid for the government of Palau. With 100 MW of power generation and distribution capacity, the Armonia microgrid will enable Palau to meet its 45%-by-2025 renewable energy goal five years ahead of schedule, as well as offer electricity at the lowest rates in Palau’s history, according to the project partners.
Comprising 35 MW of dispatchable, solar power generation and 45 MWh of lithium-ion battery energy storage capacity, Armonia will be coupled with current diesel generation “to transform the Palau grid into a smart, integrated system with an overall installed power of over 100 MW, representing the largest microgrid in the world and a global reference for the state-of-the-art technology,” according to ENGIE eps. It’s all part of ENGIE eps’ worldwide Access to Energy strategy. The renewable energy produced by Armonia’s solar PV is expected to meet more than 45% of Palau’s total demand for electricity.