Bay Islands, Honduras

Solar Energy for Honduras

Reliable power, functioning energy infrastructure and independence from diesel generators. This is what many Hondurans want and need to keep their businesses, institutions, and homes running. With our solar storage systems, we provide a solution that meets their needs. Together with our local partner Innovative Business Solutions (IBS) and as a part of the dena Renewable Energy Solutions Programme, we have chosen five pilot locations in the country to demonstrate our technology. Three hotels and two municipalities now run with a BOS solar storage system. The results: Lower electricity bills, uninterrupted power supply and cleaner air.

Five Locations. One Project

Solar systems with photovoltaic panels and a lithium storage system have been installed in all locations. This ensures energy supply at night and by unfavourable weather conditions. Existing energy sources like the power grid or diesel generators will be used as an optional backup. Local experts have been trained to install and maintain the systems.

THREE HOTELS ON THE BAY ISLANDS ROATÁN AND GUANAJA

POWERING PRIORITY LOADS IN GRID-TIED LOCATIONS

The Beach House is a boutique hotel on the island of Roatán, located in the beautiful Halfmoon Bay at West End. The owners Karyn and Chuck have decided to install a BOS solar storage system in order to cover priority loads during frequent power cuts. This way, they don’t have to rely on their diesel generator to ensure the basic energy needs for the hotel.

SHORTENING GENERATOR TIME IN REMOTE PLACES

The End of the World Resort is located on one of the most remote beaches on the far-out island of Guanaja. Getting there takes time and powering the generator 24/7 requires a lot of  effort to owner Brian Rowland. Solar power now allows him to shorten the necessary time of generator use. He is already saving up for his second system.

UPGRADING EXISTING SOLAR SYSTEMS

The remote Mango Creek Lodge on Roatán runs on generator power and renewable energies. The lodge already had a solar system but needed more storage capacity. We thus upgraded their existing system and installed an HS business 10.

TWO COMMUNITY FACILITIES IN TOWN HALLS WITH AYUDA EN ACCIÓN

PAY AS YOU SAVE: LOWERING THE ELECTRICITY BILL

The municipality of Santa Fé de Colón has various air conditioners and a very high electricity bill. With the support of the NGO Ayuda en Acción, they can now afford a solar system. Instead of paying upfront, they pay it off with part of the savings they generate using less grid power. This means reliable power and savings right from the start.

PAY AS YOU SAVE: ENABLING THE USE OF ADDITIONAL LOADS

The municipality of Juan Francisco Bulnes in the department of Gracias a Dios couldn’t use its air conditioners, because their generator capacity was too low. Adding an HS business 10 allows them to work in cooler air and to offer special services on the weekends. They not only save money but generate additional income to pay off their system bit by bit.

TECHNICAL DATA

Total PV installed | 44 kWp      

Total battery storage   | 51,2 kWh     

Total CO2 saving per year | 32,5 t

1. Photovoltaic panels which power the building and charge the batteries of the BOS system.

2. BOS System powers the building during evening hours.

3. Constant use of loads is possible, independently from the weather or the time of night or day.

4. The grid, a diesel generator or lead acid batteries can be used for additional energy back-up.

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Project Partners

The dena RES Project Honduras is part of the worldwide dena Renewable Energy Solutions Programme coordinated by the Deutsche Energie-Agentur (dena) – the German Energy Agency – and supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) within the German Energy Solutions Initiative.

dena is the centre of expertise for energy efficiency, renewable energy sources and intelligent energy systems. As Agency for Applied Energy Transition we help achieve energy and climate policy objectives by developing solutions and putting them into practice, both nationally and internationally. In order to do this, we bring partners from politics and business together, across sectors. dena’s shareholders are the Federal Republic of Germany and the KfW Group. www.dena.de/en

The dena RES Programme was developed by the Deutsche Energie-Agentur (dena) – the German Energy Agency. This programme, supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy within the German Energy Solutions Initiative, helps German renewable energy companies enter new markets. Within the framework of the programme, reference and demonstration projects are installed in cooperation with prestigious institutions. The installation is accompanied by comprehensive PR, marketing and training programmes. These projects showcase high-quality German renewable energy technology and help participating companies gain a foothold in new markets. www.german-energy-solutions.de/en/res
The transfer of energy expertise, the promotion of foreign trade and the facilitation of international development cooperation are part of the German Energy Solutions Initiative, which is coordinated and financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. The initiative offers networking and business opportunities in Germany and abroad, it showcases reference projects and facilitates know-how exchange. www.german-energy-solutions.de/en

IBS is a company that promotes the development of energy efficiency projects, renewable energy and eco-friendly solutions for water treatment through consultancies and the implementation of solutions that generate benefits for their clients and help to protect the environment.http://www.ibs.hn/index2.php

Ayuda en Acción is a Spanish NGDO with a 25-year presence in Honduras accompanying sustainable development processes in coherence with the 2030 agenda. One of its priorities is mitigation and adaptation to climate change, which boosts the use of renewable energies through inclusive processes in coordination with guarantors of law, private companies and otheractors.https://ayudaenaccion.org/ong/

What our customers say

“Solar energy contributes to reducing gender inequality and poverty gaps by becoming a new opportunity for women, youth, children to access education and other fundamental services for the exercise of rights.“

Roberto Bussi, Country Manager Ayuda en Acción Honduras

„Our venture into the solar power project was one of the best business decisions we have made. Safe clean and reliable power. On Guanaja The End of the World Resort has non interrupted power 24 hrs per day, a feat that no other hotel or resort on Guanaja has.“

Brian Rowland, Owner of End of the World Resort

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10 kWh total usable battery capacity

100% Lithium

44  kWp of solar PV
51,2 kWh lithium capacity
Diesel genset for backup

1 System per hotel and town hall
Smart Energy Storage Systems
HS business 10

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