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Regional Maritime University enters partnership with Redavia Solar

The Regional Maritime University (RMU) has chosen REDAVIA, a global market leader of cost-effective rental solar power for businesses and communities, to implement a state-of-the-art solution supplementing the existing power grid and reducing the dependency on diesel generators. This win marks a major milestone for REDAVIA entering Ghana as the first of its West African markets.

RMU Vice Chancellor Elvis Nyarko and Redavia CEO Erwin Spolders signing contract
RMU Vice Chancellor Elvis Nyarko and Redavia CEO Erwin Spolders signing contract
The seven year contract consists of five containers to be manufactured and commissioned by REDAVIA within the next few months. Each container will deliver 87 kWp and comes as a pre-configured, pre-assembled and fully operational solar farm in an easy to deploy ground-mounted, tent-shaped structure. It will connect into the existing energy infrastructure that currently consists of the national grid and supporting diesel generators.

“We have been dependent on diesel generators to supplement an on-grid connection for our campus and this has doubled the cost of electricity tariffs, putting significant strain on our utility budget,” said Prof. Elvis K. Nyarko, Vice Chancellor of RMU. “We have now turned to REDAVIA rental solar power to help reduce the cost of the electricity tariffs and provide the best possible university setting for our students at an affordable cost.”

Thanks to REDAVIA solar power RMU is expected to experience significant overall reductions in energy consumption and cost, whilst achieving efficiency gains throughout.

The cost for REDAVIA solar power is transparent and affordable, eschewing upfront investment and just basing cost on a monthly rental fee. Once expanded with on-site energy storage, the solar farm will eliminate power grid outages that are currently impacting the University’s operations on a regular basis. In addition, the solar farm also leads to a notable reduction in carbon emissions from a lower consumption of grid power and on-site diesel power. Last but not least, additional cost benefits will stem from net-metering where the solar farm is feeding the electricity surplus back into the national grid.

Over and beyond the solar farm implementation, REDAVIA will also support the introduction and establishment of a new educational track around renewable energy, by setting up a Renewable Energy Institute in collaboration with the RMU in Ghana. REDAVIA’s involvement will see ongoing knowledge transfer and staff support to help build the curriculum and practice lab with the aim to educate and prepare African students for engineering jobs in this sector, ensuring an ongoing sustainable development in Ghana.

“REDAVIA’s decision to enter the Ghanaian market is based on an ambitious strategy and vision of long-term involvement in the country with the aim to open a local office, hire a local team and transfer German knowledge and technology to Ghana,” said Erwin Spolders, CEO at REDAVIA.

Following the initial deployment, the RMU is planning to add energy storage and additional solar containers to their energy mix – now easily scalable – with the aim to become fully grid-independent in the not so distant future. Also, RMU will use the solar farm as a best practice example for other organizations, both within Ghana and within the global World Maritime University structure.

May 23, 2017

Emmanuel Paa Kwesi Arthur (Newsman RMU) is a Marine Electrical/Electronics Engineering student of Regional Maritime University. Paa Kwesi is a passionate student activist and advocate and is always on the move to ensure the needs of students are prioritised in their institution. He likes to listen to go out, listen to music, DJ, and commentates for a local radio station in his free time.
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