Application: Security and Instrumentation
Location: Western Province, Kafue National Park in Zambia, East Africa
Product: TriStar MPPT 45 and Ethernet MeterBus Converter 1
System size: 2,560W per site (four sites), with battery backup
Partners: World Wildlife Fund, Techlink Ltd, Rolls Battery, Suntech Power
Kafue National Park is the oldest and largest of Zambia’s national parks. Interest in the park’s Safari Camp and lodging is leading to more visitors and increased sustainable power needs. Morningstar worked with installer Techlink and the World Wildlife Fund to create four solar sites, each complete with two Rolls Battery maintenance-free AGM-VRLA S12-220AE batteries and two Suntech STP320-24/Vem solar panels. The sites also include Morningstar’s TriStar MPPT 45 and Ethernet MeterBus Converter 1.
The national park has virgin bush and rocky islands. The equipment is rugged enough to withstand the park’s temperature variations (9°C to 40°C, or ~48°F to 104°F), humidity fluctuations between 20% and 95% and insects/wildlife.