BEC Solar, a subsidiary of Bandera Electric Cooperative (BEC), will ship the first solar-based micro grid to Liberia in Africa with solar panels treated with e9 Advantage Glass Treatment. e9 Advantage Glass Treatment extends the time between required solar panel cleanings and makes surface pollutants easier to remove when maintenance does occur. Clean solar panels ensure the most efficient solar generation.
Early in 2017, NRECA International selected BEC to design a solar and energy storage solution for Totota, Liberia. With a population of approximately 6,400, Totota is a rural community with homes, shops, restaurants, schools, clinics, churches and government offices. Despite the town’s status as a regional trading center, most households rely on dry cell batteries, lanterns and candles for illumination, while a small number purchase electric from individuals who own and operate small generator. Only about 20% of Liberia has reliable power.
The NRECA International team is currently implementing several Beyond The Grid (BTG) projects in rural Liberia, through partnerships with companies like BEC, for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). BTG is part of the U.S. Government’s Power Africa initiative, with the goal to spur stability and economic development by delivering reliable, predominantly renewable electricity to Liberia’s rural towns.
Since early 2017, e9 Treatments and BEC Solar have worked together to optimize the application and use of e9 Advantage Glass Treatment on solar panel installations. e9 Advantage Glass Treatment is a standard offering on all BEC Solar installations and is also available through the BEC Solar maintenance program.
The micro grid design for Liberia is a stand-alone 70 kW energy solution to provide power to about 400 houses and businesses in Totota. This energy solution includes 220 e9 treated solar panels, a lithium-ion battery storage solution capable of providing 90 kWh of energy, along with a back-up diesel generator
BEC Solar is a subsidiary of Bandera Electric Cooperative (BEC), which currently serves more than 25,000 members. BEC provides electric service to more than 34,000 meters in a seven county territory in the Texas Hill Country, along with an array of renewable energy options and fiber broadband, with internet connection speeds up to 1 Gbps. As a member-owned cooperative, BEC continually searches for new, innovative programs to promote energy efficiency and quality member service.