The development of a solar plus storage microgrid has provided uninterrupted power to the remote Vila Restauraço in northwestern Brazil.
Brazilian energy provider Energisa and multinational technology company Ingeteam collaborated on the project, which involved the deployment of six hundred solar PV panels and a vault of batteries, its associated inverters, as well as a control system and a couple of biodiesel generators.
Previously, the 750-person settlement was dependent on a diesel generator that provided the inhabitants with around only four hours of power every day.
During the day, the PV system generates electricity and charges the batteries, which are then accessible for use at night. When the weather is cloudy and there is an inadequate charge, the system shifts to the biodiesel generators to assure a continuous and uninterrupted supply of power.
Vila Restauraço is in the Acre state, near the Peruvian border. It is regarded as one of the most inaccessible areas in the country, with only water access available and could take up to ten hours.
As a result, careful operational planning was required for the shipment of the solar and other hardware.
The electrification is projected to revolutionize village life by offering up new commercial options and, for example, boosting food and medicine preservation.
The project was carried out as part of Energisa’s R&D efforts, as mandated by the Aneel regulatory. Its transmission subsidiary, Energisa Acre, is the regional distributor.
The corporation is remotely observing the system to monitor its operation and to obtain early warnings of potential faults or maintenance requirements. This way they’re able to mitigate any risks or flaws before they turn into serious issues.
In addition to providing energy, Energisa collaborated with mobile carrier TIM to provide internet access to the inhabitants of Vila Restauraço, and the village was outfitted with the state’s first 4G transmitter.