ZIMBABWE. THE MEECO GROUP.
ANTIGUA CLARE HALL SCHOOL. PVENERGY.
RAMMING, BETHESDA, AREA-ANTIGUA. PVENERGY.
LOCAL REQUIREMENTS The meeco Group always adjusts their turnkey energy solutions based on the local conditions and energy requirements. “Our international network of employees and cooperations with local partners allows us to adapt every project to the respective requirements,” says Mr. Kitoudis. “That includes the analysis of the radiation level and the base case analysis, to mention just a few examples.” A particular point for consideration when designing a PV plant is the local climate. “During the planning stage of the airport installation in Antigua and Barbuda, the base case analysis revealed that the island’s location in the hurricane zone required specifically manufactured panels and a customised mounting structure to withstand massive wind speeds easily exceeding 200 km/h,” explains Mr. Kitoudis. “Special modules characterised by thicker glass and stronger frames compared to other sites were manufactured to resist the potentially extreme weather conditions.” Then there is the building-integrated PV skylight installation meeco created in 2013 for the new Bershka fashion store in Valencia. “The whole edifice was planned to be a pioneering model of a green building in the heart of Valencia,” says Mr. Kitoudis. “We selected transparent, tailor-made solar panels and implemented a 31 kWp PV skylight, which saves more than 11.31 tons
of CO2 emissions per year. Together with local suppliers, we were able to develop a completely customized energy solution.” SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT “Clean energy projects are not only the best choice to achieve a sustainable energy supply but also a reliable investment,” says Mr. Kitoudis. “While conventional energy generation becomes at many places more and more expensive, the prices of solar installations have drastically dropped over the past few years. The solar sector offers numerous profitable and low risk opportunities for investors to generate long-lasting returns. We support our clients in the investment process and facilitate the entry into the solar business. We manage all the administrative formalities, from the very beginning of identifying a suitable project through to the final commissioning and long-term operations and maintenance of the power plant. Investors can also rely on these monitoring and maintenance services to ensure that photovoltaic installations operate constantly, reliably and as forecasted. Our team works hard to establish investor-friendly and highly profitable solar solutions, always taking into consideration our core values of honesty, integrity, and fairness.” LOOKING FORWARD In the future, meeco plan to expand their product range and to refine their intelligent
energy management solutions. “We already offer the sun2safe solution to our customers, which is an intelligent solar power conversion, storage, and energy management tool,” says Mr. Kitoudis. “Managing self-generated energy is essential to ensure efficient utilisation. We’re also investing in further development of battery technologies. By using different technologies like vanadium, gel or lithium, we aim to find the best-suited components for each project to reach the required storage capacity as well as load and cycle functionality. We’re looking for innovative technologies that offer even more storage capacity for a longer period of time at competitive costing.” The meeco Group also intends to further invest in key markets in order to expand the reach of solar energy. “We’re enlarging our engagement in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean,” says Mr. Kitoudis. “We also want to enter new markets such as Fiji and Afghanistan, and establish cooperation with additional countries, states, and regions. The whole renewable energy sector is expanding and the influence of the solar branch, in particular, is going to strongly increase. In countries all over the world, people are learning more about the advantages and reliability of solar power. We aim to accelerate this development and to set an example by realising even more clean power concepts and fostering the provision of smart and reliable energy.” c SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS MAGAZINE
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