The project at Simbrofo & Our Services

Simbrofo Light Ghana Ltd - The SPV owning company, Registered in ACCRA Ghana for the 20MW Solar Farm at Simbrofo in the Central Region of Ghana, Directors David Tamakloe & Victor NooNoo. The Holding company is Simbrofo Light Ghana Ltd UK Ltd in the UK, Directors Alan Brewer MSc & Steve Filary HNC, facilitators of the project. A Provisional License was granted and issued on the 20th December 2016. PPA draft issued in November 2017 agreed upon late November and a Sovereign Guarantee (PCOA) requested from the Ministry of Finance in December 2017. Possible Build start date now of August / September 2018 after PPA has been issued in June 2018 & operational October 2019.

Within our consortium we have companies who Design - Build - Fund and Operate Solar Farms to the highest standards. Alpin Sun GmBH from Germany arranged by PSECC Solar Farms Ltd are the chosen EPC company and EEC Spolka Z.O.O. in Poland have arranged Polish components and some suppliers.

Our development partners include possibly Natcore Inc - New York  together with EEC Spolka for Funding from Poland and the remainng funding from the UK. The team at the FEP Group in Ghana will provide possible Solar Technicians and 333Finance for the remaining funding are heping us in Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, Iran and Tunisia.

PTL Enterprises Ltd are assisting us with our work in Ghana with the lead consultant Michael Mikado.

The company in the UK responsible for the Simbrofo Project facilitation is PSECC Solar Farms Ltd - www.pseccsolarfarms.com

 

 

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The project at Simbrofo & Our Services

Simbrofo Light Ghana Ltd - The SPV company, Registered in ACCRA Ghana for the 20MW Solar Farm at Simbrofo in the Central Region of Ghana.

 

Our Director David Tamakloe from Ghana is keen to see the community enhancement of the Solar Farm - Solar Water pump, Solar Street lighting, new school with Library and toilets.

 

 

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Towns - City - Village - Solar OFF Grid

The fact is, energy is a human right, but extending electricity to every human being who both requires and desires it, cannot be done solely through national electrical grids. The solution will most likely involve the implementation of mini grids and other decentralized options. This is especially true in the case of isolated communities.

Mini grids offer an alternative that entirely avoids many of the challenges that new and expensive grid infrastructure investments require. Mini grid systems are becoming increasingly competitive compared to the cost of traditional grid extension programmes, thanks to our battery storage, and are a key component in achieving universal access to electricity for all. The reasons for this are the rapidly decreasing costs of the technology, increasing reliability and a solid deployment track record, all of which have strengthened the case for the accelerated adoption of stand-alone and mini grid solar solutions across the continent.

Larger Solar Farms are also possible - grid connected.

 

 

 

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Dust issues in UAE

The UAE’s seemingly never-ending sunshine makes it an ideal place to set up solar power plants.

However, as is the case elsewhere on the Arabian peninsula, the country also faces challenges when it comes to generating energy from the sun.

As anyone who has left their car parked for just a few weeks will know, dust builds up quickly on surfaces in the Emirates.

While the effects on vehicles are cosmetic, the accumulation of dust on solar panels creates a much bigger headache, as it cuts their ability to generate energy. With the UAE making multi-billion dollar investments in solar power, this is no trivial matter.

The issue is now being acted upon locally with, for example, Dubai Municipality having recently installed machinery to automatically clean solar panels at Al Khazan Park.

Like many other panel-cleaning devices developed in recent years, this machinery is powered by the sun and uses rotating brushes to sweep away dust.

Such sophisticated kit does not come cheap, and cleaning panels can also sometimes lead to damage.

It is therefore useful to be able to quantify how much of a loss of generating capacity that dust on panels causes, so that the costs and benefits of cleaning can be more precisely understood.

A recent study by scientists in the United States and India provides detail that could prove useful.

“With our method, you could start to quantify the downside — not just the damage [from cleaning], but the lost power when you don’t clean. That’s one of the most useful things for industry,” said one of the study’s authors, Drew Shindell, a professor of climate sciences at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment.

Published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology Letters, the research focused on three areas of the world that are ramping up their solar-power capacity: the Arabian peninsula, northern India, and eastern and central China.

As well as looking at the consequences of particles building up on panels, the research also estimated the extent to which ambient particles, which are those floating in the air, block out solar energy. The researchers say theirs is the first work to measure the impact of both ambient and deposited particulate matter, or PM.

Using a computer simulation based on a global climate model developed by the space agency Nasa, the researchers found that the reduction in solar energy generation due to all types of PM in a central eastern section of the Arabian peninsula that includes the UAE is about 25 per cent.

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Building into our Solar Farms top Technology

Alpin Sun GmBH are the EPC for the project.  We hope to use Natcore new back contact cell technology and NEXTRacker system in the Simbrofo solar farm. Natcore are partnering us with Solar Farm development in the USA and also we are assisting them with raising finance for product development. PSECC Ltd were given permission by Al Gore's team to use the Inconvenient Truth Video for work with Schools in the UK and developed the Resource Ownership concept that we know offer Ghana - a mechanisum for Community Enhancement.

Our approach is to make sure that Ghana get value for money and receive from us the best designed Solar Farms with maximum power output together with bringing substantial community benefits such as a new school, solar water pumps and street lighting and possible FREE 20 watt solar panels for villagers around each of the Solar Farms. To be able to do this we will need from the Ministry of Energy an open ended PPA, minimal losses at the sub station connection.

 

If we can get the PPA with a Sovereign Guarantee over twenty years and possible at a higher FiT of between $0.0886 to $0.10 per KWh then all the community enhancement can take place. Our PPA for Simbrofo has been set at $0.0886 per KWh and PPA will be issued June 2018 onwards.

 

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Community Enhancement

Each Solar Farm will mean over 100 jobs created, new school and solar water pumps. The complex, important, and often ground-breaking international CO2 emission reduction and  Solar business matters on which we work can attract the best and brightest engineers & scientists from around the world. And we've been lucky enough to hire and collaborate with the best of the best in each country of operation in the business of Solar farm development sector.

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Our experience

Five  years development experience in our Solar Farm programme in Africa, Kenya and Ghana.  We have been active in the Renewable Energy Solar sector for over twenty three years. In 1995 were responsible for Researching and writing one of the first City Energy Policies and Strategies under Agenda 21 Sustainable Development programming. This led onto the coordination of a County Energy Network in 2002 and then onto Renewable Energy develoment in 2004 to 2012 in the UK mainly in Solar PV, Thermal, Wind, Biomass, Air source heat pumps, Energy from Waste (EFW) and GSHP.

Our EPC company have an International Presence over many years building Solar FArms, currently 250MW Solar Farms in Chilli. Since 2012 we focused on Africa, specifically Kenya first with a 10MW Solar Farm proposal at Konsa and proposals made for Nakuru, Neydia, and recently partnering with the FEP Group for two 10MW proposals in Mombasa.

The Chiefs who own the Land in Simbrofo have given their permission and will receive part of the revenue from the Solar Farm, which will be used to build a school and provide FREE Solar PV panels for homes (20W) in villages around the Solar Farm together with Solar PV Water Pumps and Solar Street Lighting can be arranged. National Development programmes in the Country of Ghana will see increased Climate Change Mitigation and Renewable Energy being produced thus making it possible for Ghana to accelerate Growth in the Country resulting in electricity for all the people of Ghana.

We have linked into In-Country expert Michael Mikadao at PTL Technologies Ltd in ACCRA - pictured top right with another Solar Farm development in 2015 -  he was responsible for the consultancy work by a Chinese company.  Michael is  to assist us further with negotiations with the new ECG for a PPA for the Ghana project at Simbrofo, Michael has been highly professional and given great assistance together with Consultancy  to us.

This economic, social and political changes in coming years’ production, Industrializing, middle-income economic development are pillars aimed at improving the living standards for all Ghana through an economic development program, through which the country is expected to achieve a good average Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth rate. The Solar Farm electricity, 55,000 MWh each year will be sold to ECG

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