|Market segment||Captive Power|
|Total investment volume||€36 million|
In Sudan, local corporation Haggar, Dutch solar developer Photon Energy and Swiss Energy Vault are developing a captive solar PV transaction with a groundbreaking new storage solution to supply clean power for irrigation purposes to the GLB farm, a growing agribusiness located about 100 km north of Khartoum.
The installation is innovative, in that the storage solution relies on gravity and an automated cloud-based control software to deliver power around the clock, in a similar method to hydropower stations. Together, the solar PV and storage components will provide the power necessary to irrigate one of the largest center-pivot irrigated alfalfa farms in Sudan, using water pumped from the Nile river. In the country’s hot and dry climate, with decreasing annual rainfalls and increased rainfall variability, climate-friendly, effective and cost-competitive irrigation are critical to food crop production and food security.