5B joins major solar power project in El Salvador

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Sydney-based solar system manufacturer 5B is slated to supply a 10.1MWp solar system that will form part of a 21.4MWp Full EPC Turnkey & PPA Project that AES El Salvador is constructing for its Holcim El Salvador’s El Ronco cement plant.

When fully operational, the new solar power plant will generate 21 per cent of the energy needed for cement production at the facility and reduce Holcim El Salvador’s fuel oil use by 43,000 barrels per year.

The contract was granted to 5B because of its system’s ability to accommodate more DC capacity on the available land, as well as its speedy deployment and safety advantages, the company said in a news release. 

According to Roberto Sandoval, general director of Solutions Division of AES El Salvador, the 5B Maverick is created to deliver great power in markets with land limits. 

“We will continue to innovate and improve execution with new solar technologies like 5B Maverick, which are driving standardisation to deliver more end-to-end engineering, construction and procurement benefits,” noted Sandoval.

Chris Wienbeck, 5B’s global head of sales and marketing, expressed his delight to see regional industrial manufacturers set the bar for reducing emissions in their manufacturing operations.

“It’s exciting to see local industrial manufacturers leading the way on lowering emissions in their production processes to support national climate commitments and economic growth through the creation of new jobs in the emerging renewable energy sector.”

Midway through 2023, the 208 5B Maverick solar system will start to deploy. 

It will be operational by the fourth quarter of 2023, the company revealed.

Founded by Sydney-based solar Chris McGrath and Eden Tehan, 5B launched the Maverick in 2017. 

Since then, their Maverick solar arrays have been used in 52 projects with a total capacity of 32 MW across the globe.

Meanwhile, AES El Salvador is an AES Corporation’s subsidiary, a Fortune 500 global energy company. In El Salvador, AES accelerates the future of energy through its three divisions – distribution, generation, and solutions.