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Off-Grid Power Supply

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Affordable Energy for Rural Areas

Around 1.6 billion people in the world have no access to electricity. The majority live in remote regions, where long distances and high connection costs make it impossible to connect to the public grid.
Sub-Saharan Africa, for example, has a rural electrification rate of below 10 percent with approximately 70 percent of its population living in rural areas. Local development is directly connected to energy, which represents a decisive argument for the establishment of local industries or small companies. Decentralized autonomous power supplies will be a major contributor to the energy production of the sunbelt region in the future, even more so for rural communities.

Our Motivation
With our energy solutions we provide a basic power supply for villages, schools, community or health centers.

The Price for Off-Grid Power

Solar off-grid power systems already represent an attractive economic alternative to conventional generators. Fossil energy systems require a relatively low initial investment, but high operational costs, while renewable energies require relatively high initial investment and very low operational costs. Thanks to the global market growth of renewable energies, the costs for off-grid solar systems have been steadily decreasing. At the same time, the oil-price has risen continuously and will continue to do so into the coming decades. The economical parity of solar off-grid systems compared with diesel applications in high solar irradiation regions like Africa lies between three to four years. Reflecting the fact that the diesel price will rise in the coming few years, this breakeven time will constantly decrease.

Training for local installers and operators in Mushubi | Rwanda.

Solar System versus Diesel Generator

Assumptions: PV: 140 kWp, Battery: 36.000 Ah, System: AC coupled, Fuel costs: 1.2 /L, Solar fraction: 75 %, Replacement of batteries every 7 years, incl. installation, maintenance and operation costs
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juwi Solar is convinced that solar energy is one of the best solutions to assist sunbelt countries in their economic development. With our energy solutions, we provide basic power supply for buildings, schools, small businesses or health centers. We are convinced that the developing countries can only progress by implementing a strong local industry. This is the reason why we plan and implement our energy solutions in close cooperation with our local partner network. juwi Solar is linked to the fields of education, employment, health and water supply due to its cooperation with governmental organizations and NGOs.
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What is off-grid? Off-grid systems are energy systems that are not connected to the public power grid. They could be either fossil fuel based (conventional energy) or renewable energy based. They produce electricity for autonomous energy consumers (e.g. health centers, hotels, etc.)


Solar Hybrid

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juwis Services

Solar Systems

juwi Solar plans and builds off-grid solar power systems throughout the world. With years of experience in project development and implementing we can adapt the systems to your local conditions and establish the solar system on-site. We work with local partners to guarantee operations and maintenance. juwi supports you and your project from the very beginning. With our advanced sizing software and our experience we are able to offer the optimal solution for your energy requirements. In cooperation with our logistic partners we are able to deliver worldwide and support the installation or commissioning at site with our local representatives.

Further information Please visit our homepage ( To help us understand your individual requirements, please complete the downloadable off-grid questionnaire you can find on the homepage and return it to us. We will then design a bespoke technical layout and a nonbinding quotation for you.

Basic electrical power supply for rural areas

Solar power systems provide the basic electrical power for house holds in rural areas. Environmentally friendly power can now be used to power lights, refrigerators and communications devices even far away from the power grid. There are two main technologies for a solar power system, the ACcoupled and DC-coupled system. Both have their inherent advan tages and limitations. Based on your specific requirements, we will help you make the right decision. AC-coupled solar system for primary school complex | Ruanda

PV Power: 3.69 kWp polycrystalline modules Surface: 40 m, rooftop

juwis product portfolio. You can find more information on the following pages.
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Solar Pumping

Battery bank: 750 Ah Commissioning: 2010

Solar System DC-coupled Solar System AC-coupled Hybrid Solar Systems

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Village Electrification Energy Containers Backup System Solar Fuel Saver

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Solar Hybrid Systems

Village Electrification

A combination of different energy sources for large consumers

It is possible to increase system availability and/or lower the initial investment costs by combining different energy sources (e.g. solar energy, small wind turbines or diesel generators). Such combination of energy sources is particularly beneficial for clients with higher consumption such as local commercial centers, hotels, schools and hospitals. A solar hybrid system is capable to operate autonomously. In addition, it can be integrated into existing pure diesel generator sites with solar modules in order to achieve less fuel consumption. These systems can be monitored locally and remotely (via GSM and web-based solutions). PV Power: 4.1 kWp polycrystalline modules Surface: 42 m, rooftop Battery: 550 Ah / 48 V, lead gel Commissioning: 2010 PV Power: 201 kWp polycrystalline modules Surface: 3,420 m, free field Batteries: 21,840 Ah / 48 V, lead acid Diesel power: 2 x 140 kVA, 1 x 350 kVA Commissioning: 2011 Solar hybrid system for a winery | Germany Village electrification | Namibia

Energy supply solution for rural areas

Rural electrification based on solar power often represents the most economic solution for settlements in sparsely populated rural areas. A centralized solar power plant supplies the village via a single or three phase mini-grid with electrical power. Each household is connected to this mini-grid. These connections can be equipped with energy meters or similar products (as energy limiter, prepaid counters etc.) to achieve a specific business and operation model. Village electrification systems typically include a mix of energy sources such as solar photovoltaic plants, wind turbines, micro-hydro turbines as well as diesel generators. In settlements where the consumers are sparsely distributed, the power can be transferred via high voltages lines. Standard juwi Solar solutions range from 60 to 300 kW systems. Individual adaptations can be made in order to meet power demands up to 1,000 kW and more.

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Energy Containers

Backup System

Standard solution quick installation and easy operation

Containerized power solutions have many advantages, amongst them are quick deployment, standardization of equipment and cost savings in terms of on-site construction. Due to its modular nature, the energy containers could be combined to increase system capacity, and could be replicated across a region to ensure a harmonized deployment that simplifies maintenance. Our energy containers use primarily solar energy and can be equipped with other energy sources. The systems are available either completely pre-installed and tested or can be assembled on-site. Desalination plant | Namibia PV Power: 20 kWp polycrystalline modules Surface: 180 m, free-field Batteries: 1,000 Ah, 48 V Commissioning: 2010 Backup power solution for IT equipment, fire protection system, lights in office building | Germany PV Power: 120 kWp Battery: 4,500 Ah / 48 V Commissioning: 2008

Systems for a sustainable power supply

Regions with unreliable public grids often suffer from electricity black-outs, which can lead to financial losses in small businesses or to critical situations in hospitals. Backup systems are a suitable solution to deliver a sustainable power supply even during grid failures. If such systems are combined with solar power, the energy in the battery storage is supplemented, thus extending the bridging time of the backup system. This also represents a desirable alternative to diesel generators as they require regular testing and maintenance.

Technical Overview


PV Inverter Public grid

Backup Inverter Batteries

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Solar-Diesel Solution for Fuel Saving

Solar Pumping for Water Supply

Innovative technology to integrate solar power into diesel grids

juwi developed an innovative technology that integrates solar power in new or existing diesel generator grids without the need of batteries. It consists of a smart controller, a solar plant and a sophisticated monitoring system. The produced solar power reduces the load on the generator and thus decreases fuel consumption. This is the perfect solution to cut down generation costs for diesel generator applications in sunny regions. It is ideal for rural industries, hotels and resorts, health centers and villages. Solar diesel solution | Burkina Faso PV Power: 3.3 kWp polycrystalline modules Surface: 30m Diesel Power: 9.2 kW Commissioning: 2009 Solar water supply | Namibia PV Power: 5 kWp Depth: 50 m Commissioning: 2010

Sustainable water supply in remote areas

Energy and water supply often belong together in Africa and other sunbelt countries. Solar pumps for village water supply, water purification or desalination plants represent an important base for the development of rural communities. As solar pumps are not dependent on batteries, these pumping systems work very efficiently and are extremely robust.

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juwi Off-Grid Activities Worldwide

Last updated: 08/2 012

juwi Solar GmbH

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