The South African wholesaler Lumax Energy has equipped the national headquarters of ABB, the global leader in power and automation technology, with a mounting solution for its 756 kWp solar microgrid installation. This is a world premiere for the innovative solution with fully grid-connected and off-grid functionalities designed to maximize the use of renewable energy and ensure uninterrupted power supply to keep the lights on and the factories running during any planned or unplanned power outages on the main grid supply.
“This microgrid installation is indicative of our ability to provide electricity to remote or isolated areas, integrated with traditional and renewable generation”, said Leon Viljoen, Managing Director, ABB South Africa Pty Ltd. “They can also serve as a flexible backup source for industrial and commercial facilities and help address power disruptions while minimising environmental impact. ABB partnered with Lumax Energy and Renusol for planning and designing the module mounting solution and the teams worked well in successfully delivering the project.”
First major project in South Africa for Renusol
Renusol supplied the mounting system for the large-scale project. The German specialist in PV mounting systems entered the South African solar market recently.
“Using high quality seam clamps with Renusol rails we achieved a solution that is good for both the panels and the roof. The clamps ensure the roof sheeting warranties are honoured while the rail system elevates the panels to a good height for ventilation purposes. The ease of use of the system allowed a fast installation time, it took approximately two weeks to install all the mounting kit”, says Frans-Willem Vermaak, Business Development Manager of Lumax Energy.
“The conclusion of this project is a big step forward for us as well as a great reference. Additional projects with Lumax are already in the pipeline,” reports Sven Künzel, Renusol’s Managing Director.
ABB is a leading global technology company in power and automation that enables utility, industry, and transport & infrastructure customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in roughly 100 countries and employs about 135,000 people.
In South Africa ABB has its head office, logistics and manufacturing centre at Longmeadow, Johannesburg. At these premises ABB has several manufacturing operations including medium voltage switchgear, high voltage protection, rectifiers and a robotics programming and servicing centre.
About Lumax Energy
South African wholesaler Lumax was founded in 2009 and offers photovoltaic components from several manufacturers, such as ABB, Renusol, S5!, Trina Solar and Schneider Electric. Headquartered in Centurion near to the capital city of Pretoria, the company also provides project planning support.
Renusol has specialised in sophisticated solutions for the installation of photovoltaic systems for over 19 years. The Cologne-based company develops modular systems for installing solar arrays on the ground and on roofs of any kind. Its systems and services are available in all key EMEA markets, as well as in the USA, Japan and Latin America. As a subsidiary of the American company RBI Solar, Renusol belongs to the international Gibraltar Industries group.