Maldives has initiated tenders for 40MW / 40MWh of battery energy storage systems across several regions. The Ministry of Environment, has invited bids from engineering, procurement, construction (EPC) contractors to install battery energy storage systems (BESS) of 40 MW/40 MWh capacity on select islands.
The tender will be conducted in two lots, the first for 24MW / 24MWh of BESS at seven sites and the second lot for 16MW / 16MWh at sites in five areas.
As the Maldives islands are dispersed, each region needs its own power generation and distribution system. The country relies on imported diesel for electricity, which adds to economic and environmental burdens and the government is trying to cater that by use of PV and storage. Currently standing at just 4%, the government is ambitiously targeting 70% of renewable energy in the national energy mix by 2030. This tender is a step forward in that direction.
The Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) installations covered in this tender is supported through a US$23 million concessional loan to the Government of Maldives, allocated from Clean Technology Fund, which falls under the umbrella of the World Bank’s Accelerating Renewable Energy Integration and Sustainable Energy (ARISE) initiative, which is aimed at helping Maldives accelerate its transition to renewable energy sources. Link to the news: https://www.energy-storage.news/news/maldives-issues-tender-for-40mw-40mwh-of-battery-storage