Power Providers installed a 68 kW solar water pumping system near Mafinga, Iringa Region a few months ago. The solar water pumping system consists of 216 x 315Wp solar modules powering 2 x 30 kW Lorentz surface pumps and it is, to the best of our belief, the largest solar pumping system to be installed in Tanzania to date.
This system is designed to pump 1.5 million litres of water per day of water from a dam to a large holding reservoir 50 vertical meters away, from where gravity takes it to an avocado irrigation project.
A client that is specialised in providing accommodation service in the hospitality industry expressed their need for a solar water pumping system to be installed at their new built safari lodge which is located at Manyara. Based on their needs Power Providers Company designed, supplied and installed these systems as shown below
In this technically challenging project we have successfully installed two solar water pumps, with a combined power requirement of 13.8kWh, to provide a new lodge with 25m3 of water on a daily basis. The water had to be pumped a vertical distance of 260m and a lateral distance of over a kilometer over difficult terrain up the face of the rift valley escarpment.
The final solution involved pumping the water in two stages. The first pump sits in a permanent reservoir which is fed by an underground spring which pumps the spring water to a second staging pump installed in a staging tank 350m away.
The second pump then pumps the water the rest of the way up the steep escarpment to the lodge, where it is stored in a permanent tank which supplies the entire lodge. The permanent tank is sized to provide a buffer of at least four days of water, acting as a ‘water battery’ for those months where the sun is not so cooperative.
Power Providers Co. Ltd have chosen to use Lorentz submersible pumps for the two pumping locations. Their reliability, ease of use and long life-span makes them ideal for pumping water in such challenging circumstances.
Power Providers Co. Ltd installed 46 Suntech 300Wp solar panels to create an array of 13.8KWp to power the two pumps which are installed onto a structure which also houses the pump control equipment and provides security personnel accommodation at the site of the second staging pump.
First Solar Staging Pump Details
Power supply: 2.4 kWp
Solar water pump system: Lorentz Submersible PS2-4000 HRE-32-2
Total Dynamic Lift: 50 m
Pump Daily Yield: 39 m3/day
2nd Solar Staging Pump Details
Power Supply: 11.4 kWp
Solar water pump system: Lorentz Submersible PSK2-21 C-SJ8-50
Power Providers Co. Ltd installed an upgrade to a previously installed Solar Power System at a lodge in the Ngorongoro Highlands. The original solar power system was outgrown by the increase in the Lodge consumption over a period of 5 years so when the original battery bank became due for replacement the opportunity was taken to evaluate the current consumption, while also making allowance for future growth, in order to identify the required capacity increases in the solar array and battery bank.
With the new design approved by the client Power Providers Co. Ltd installed 30 Suntech 300Wp solar panels to provide an additional solar array of 9.0 kWp which, combined with the original solar array of 5.49 kWp, provides a total of 14.49 kWp to power the entire client lodge. A 5 kVa Victron Energy Inverter was assigned and connected in parallel to the 5 kVa installed originally. A quality VRLA Lead Acid battery bank of 24 BAE Secura Solar Batteries replaced the original battery bank.
The Camp has also a 13.5 kVa FG Wilson single phase generator installed by Power Providers which provides power security for those times of year that the sun is less cooperative. The entire system is fully automated and has a remote monitoring system that enables system performance to be monitored and, if necessary, for the generator to be started (or stopped) remotely.
Power Sources: Solar Photovoltaics/Diesel Generator
Solar Array: 9.0Kw ground-mounted solar array combined with original 5.49 kWp solar array.
Inverter: Victron Energy Multiplus 48V/5000VA/70A connected in parallel to the original 5 kVa inverter to provide a total of 10 kVA at 230VAC
Battery: BAE Secura Solar Batteries, 22 PVV 4180 ( Total battery capacity 3600 Ah @C20)
Generator: 13.5 kVa FG Wilson Single-Phase generator
Image 1: Ground Mounted Solar Arrays
Image 2: Main System Installation with Inverters, Charge Controllers and controlling switchgear.
13.5 kVa FG Wilson Generator is in the back ground
Image 4: Battery Bank of 24 x 2V BAE Secura Batteries with a nominal voltage of 48VDC
A client that is specialised in providing accommodation service in the hospitality industry expressed their need for a solar power system to be installed at their new built safari lodge which is located at Manyara. Based on their needs Power Providers Company designed, supplied and installed this system as shown below
Power Providers Co. Ltd also engaged in a process of design, supply and installation of a solar power system hybridized with a 22 kVa Diesel Generator for a safari lodge in Manyara. The lodge is located on the top of the rift valley with commanding views and the solar power system is set back close to the staff accommodation. Power Providers also supplied and installed the cable distribution network, sized with the correct gauge for ampacity and voltage drop..
Power source: Solar/Diesel Gen-set
Solar array: 15KWp ground-mounted North oriented arrays
Inverter-charger: Victron Energy Quattro 48V/10000VA/140A
Power Providers engaged in a process of installation of a solar power system designed using SMA PV and battery inverters to provide three phase power. This power was distributed to a segregated load base identified as ‘critical loads’ such as those for the operating theater, neonatal unit, laboratory, IT system and maternity ward. The process is ongoing and further phase engagement could see the solar power supply extended in the future to meet other less critical loads such as water pumping, administration, air conditioning etc.
Power Sources: Solar/Diesel Gen-set/Grid power
Solar Array: 26.5Kw roof mounted North oriented array
Battery Inverter: 3x SMA Sunny Island 8.0H (Configured for three phase AC output)
A 4kw submersible solar water pump was installed in a spring catchment area and pumped water 750 meters to a Hospital to supply water for daily needs. The installed pump has a capacity to pump 8500 liters per hour and is fully automated.
Solar Array: 4.41KWp
Pump type and controller: Lorentz PS2-4000 C-SJ8-15
Image1: Ground Mounted Solar Array Image 2: Pump Tripod Stand
A 4kw submersible centrifugal solar water pump has been installed by Power Providers Tanzania to our client at Lake Tanganyika for the purpose of pumping water from the lake Tanganyika to three fish ponds/dams near the area. The installed pump has the power to pump water for a distance of 500m from the water source to the reservoir and has a flow rate of 26 m3/h which is equal to 26000 liters per hour. The total array size of the whole system is 6.6 KW.
A 4kWp ground mounted Solar array powering a stand alone Solar Power System for a Tented Camp in Iringa Region. The system is 100% solar powered and powers all the important appliances needed by our client.
A battery bank with capacity of 400 Ah @C20, 48VDC system voltage and other components to support the installed solar power system.
Submersible centrifugal 4kW solar pump was installed to provide 35m3/day in least sunny conditions (January) and run for about 1 km to the final delivery tank of 40,000l. From there, water is distributed within the training college for daily consumption.
A 29.16 kWp roof mounted solar array charging a 144 kWh battery bank and providing three phase AC power using three Sunny Island SMA inverters (SI8.0H-12) and one Solar inverter Sunny Triple Power 25 kW PV inverter. The system was designed so that solar power provides most of the power to the property but was also hybridized with a generator so that in times of poor sun an alternative source of power is available so as to ensure power security. The system is supplying power to a lodge, orphanage home and a bakery at Rhotia Valley, Karatu