Analysis of energy potential for grid-tied solar energy systems for medium industrial applications
This research investigated the potential of using solar photovoltaic (PV) energy to support small-to-medium size industries without the need for energy storage. The peak industrial production hours from morning to evening were investigated and the average daily power required was compared with the available solar power, in order to determine the amount of power that can be recouped from solar-grid hybridization over one year. The available zero-upfront cost plans in Kenya were investigated and the payback rate and benefits to both the buyer and the investor were analyzed. The peak hour power demand and solar potential were compared to determine to what extent battery elimination can be used efficiently during production. The solar power without batteries was found sufficient to be used interchangeably with utility power maximizing on the times of peak solar power. The purpose of the derived report is to help in saving running costs since the cost of battery banks can be partially eliminated and reliance on grid power can be minimized. It also helps an investor to make an informed decision on the zeroupfront cost plan. It was found that, on average, a saving of 8.9% is feasible, with a potential of 23% – 30% if the maximum dependence on PV is employed. The cost of the 15kW plant was found to be recoverable in an average of 10 years for the full power uptake
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