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Democratic Republic of Congo gets its first solar-plus-storage minigrid with Tesla batteries

More minigrid projects are also planned for Latin America and Africa. Credit: GivePower Foundation Not-for-profit GivePower Foundation, created by US firm SolarCity, has installed the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) first minigrid using solar and battery storage at Virunga National Park. The project, located at the UNESCO World Heritage site in the eastern part of the country, was made in collaboration with renewable energy firm Empowered by Light. Park rangers will be able to use the solar power at three sector posts to run security lights and radios for their wildlife conservation work. In the long-term, a local organisation known as the Virunga Alliance also plans to bring clean energy to the four million people who live within a day’s walk of the park’s borders. GivePower Foundation was responsible for installation, engineering, design and training for the Virunga...

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