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EWIA finances solar plant for Zablikani Enterprise




Last Tuesday the signatures were signed: The next contract with a solar-as-a-service customer is in the bag: Zablikani Enterprise from Tamale in northern Ghana wants to make itself completely independent of the grid and diesel generators with the help of a solar system and storage unit.

Zablikani Enterprise is a steadily growing, medium-sized family-owned company that is active in plastics production. Its products include shopping bags, food carriers and bottles. Annual production is currently around 220 tonnes, with customers primarily being trading companies from Ghana and Burkina Faso. Zablikani has modern machinery and employs over 50 local workers. 

The company has recently invested heavily in expanding its machinery and purchases plastic granulate for production. A first recycling plant has recently been installed and the purchase of a second one is planned so that recycled material can be used in production. Alhaji Kabiru Ziblim and Alhaji Abdulah Ebilis, the company's two partners, have ambitious growth plans: A three-shift operation is the goal so that the machines are fully utilised. Of course, this would also mean additional jobs for the region.

The goal: to become self-sufficient in grid and diesel power with a solar system and storage facility

In addition to inflation, the high cost of energy in Ghana is currently holding back the company's faster development. An unreliable grid power supply with frequent power outages and, in particular, unpredictable voltage fluctuations jeopardise the machines and production. The company's vision is to become completely independent of the grid and diesel generators by using clean energy from a solar system plus storage.

The system designed and financed by EWIA has an output of 56 kWp and the battery storage system has a capacity of 46 kWh. The financing is designed for ten years. During this time, Zablikani Enterprise has a secure basis for calculation thanks to fixed monthly instalments. At the end of the financing phase, the system becomes the property of the company.

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