Performance Evaluation of the 600KW Grid Tied Solar PV System in Strathmore University

Abstract

This paper presents the performance of a 600kW a grid – tied system installed at Strathmore University. The plant has two systems, a 420kW and 180kW connected to two independent transformers. The system is composed of 2,400 solar panels and 30 inverters.  The solar PV modules are spread over the rooftops of six buildings within the university. Of the 600kW, 20kW has been taken away for a hybrid system that is used for training at the Strathmore Energy Research Center (SERC). The daily energy generation data for three years is used to identify the Performance Ratio (PR) and Capacity Utilization Factor (CUF) of the 600kW system. The performance analysis is then compared to a range of PR and CUF values for well performing grid – tied plants.

Presented By

Ignatius Waikwa Maranga
Electrical Engineer
Strathmore University

Ignatius W. Maranga graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT). He is a licensed to install Solar PV Systems and Solar Water Heating Systems by the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) in Kenya. He currently works as an Electrical Engineer at the Strathmore Energy Research Center (SERC). His research interests are on renewable energy solutions for global development. He is a member of AEE, and the past student chair for the Association of Energy Professionals, Eastern Africa (AEPEA), a local chapter of AEE.