Building Malawi’s First Utility-Scale Solar-Plus-Storage Power Project

Installation of Golomoti Solar Plant’s battery energy storage system
The 20 MW Golomoti Solar PV and Battery Energy Storage Project will pioneer utility-scale battery energy storage. Photo Credit: JCM Power
An aerial view of the Golomoti Solar Plant
The project site is located in Dedza, about 100 kilometers southeast of Lilongwe. Photo Credit: JCM Power

For a country with one of the lowest electricity access rates in the region and one that aspires to be an industrialized economy, the current generation capacity shortfall is a major constraint. Malawi’s ability to procure renewable energy can reliably and cost-effectively meet electricity demand, stimulate economic growth, and drastically reduce carbon emissions to mitigate climate change.

Lighting up Malawi Through Partnership and Investment

Construction Progress — September 2021

Battery Storage: Smart Systems to Stabilize Supply

The 5 MW BESS will enable the plant to provide reliable power and promote network stability without relying on hydropower or diesel generation. Photo Credit: JCM Power

Golomoti’s Battery Storage System will:

  • primarily be charged with excess solar energy (when the photovoltaic facility would otherwise be forced to curtail supply);
  • discharge during cloud cover and charge as the clouds dissipate to reduce the variability of solar production during the day;
  • in the evening, dispatch available energy to service evening peak demand; and
  • provide ancillary services to the national grid.
BESS Arriving — November 2021
A 3D model of the Golomoti Solar Plant

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