The Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, and Technology has announced the pre-qualification phase of a tender for the installation of two large-scale storage systems with a total capacity of 40 MWh in 10 regions across the Maldives.
The project is being carried out under the umbrella of the World Bank’s Accelerating Renewable Energy Integration and Sustainable Energy (ARISE) initiative, which aims to assist Maldives in hastening its transition to renewable energy sources. This project will install 40 MWh battery energy storage systems in 10 regions, including the atolls of Shaviyani, Baa, Lhaviyani, Dhaalu, Laamu, Gaafu Alifu, and Gaafu Dhaalu, as well as the cities of Addu, Kulhudhuffushi, and Fuvahmulah.
According to the Environment Ministry, pre-qualification applications for the supply, installation, commissioning, operation, and transfer of the systems are open until September 2. The application deadline is September 2 at 1300hrs.
The Environment Ministry stated that the initiative will allow excess solar energy to be stored and used later. The ministry also stated that it will address the power grid’s stability issues when the amount of sustainable energy delivered to the grid exceeds 30%.
According to the International Renewable Energy Agency, the Maldives has approximately 15 MW of installed PV capacity at the end of 2020.