Bigfisch Projects Pty ltd Empowering Communities

The Alexandra Microgrid Project Revolutionizes Energy Access in South Africa

In the heart of Alexandra, a township in South Africa’s Gauteng province, Bigfisch Projects was part of a groundbreaking initiative that transformed the landscape of energy access. The Alexandra Microgrid Project represents a beacon of hope for underserved communities, with the solution delivering reliable electricity and a pathway to a brighter future.

Situated amidst the bustling streets and vibrant culture of Alexandra, the microgrid project is more than just a technological feat; it’s a testament to the power of innovation and collaboration in addressing pressing societal challenges. Spearheaded by the local municipal authorities in collaboration with Bigfisch Projects, and supported by community stakeholders, the project aimed to provide a sustainable energy solution to residents, who have long been marginalized from access to the electricity grid infrastructure.

At the heart of the microgrid, lies its self-sustaining containerized Battery Energy Storage System (BESS). Equipped with a 500kW Megarevo HV Hybrid inverter, and a 1MWh Greenrich HV battery bank, this advanced technology ensures uninterrupted power supply, even in the face of external disruptions such as load shedding or grid failures.

Coupled with solar photovoltaic (PV) technology, the microgrid harnesses the abundant energy of the sun to power homes and micro businesses throughout Alexandra. This renewable energy source not only provides a reliable power supply, but also reduces reliance on fossil fuels, contributing to a more sustainable future for the township and beyond.

One of the key features of the microgrid is its ability to function independently from the main electricity grid and operate autonomously, even when the weather is poor the battery continues to supply sufficient energy to the connected homes. Thanks to the intelligent BESS being able to charge the battery from either the solar panels or the grid (when it is available) the residents of Alexandra can say goodbye to the days of darkness and uncertainty, and hello to a brighter future, illuminated by the sun’s rays.

But the benefits of the microgrid extend far beyond just electricity. By providing access to reliable energy, the project unlocks a world of opportunities for economic development, education, and healthcare. Businesses can flourish, students can study after dark, and healthcare facilities can operate without interruption, empowering communities to thrive in ways never before possible.

Moreover, the microgrid project is not just about providing energy; it’s about building resilience and fostering community empowerment. Through local employment opportunities and community engagement initiatives, the project is creating a sense of ownership and pride among residents, instilling hope for a better tomorrow.

The Alexandra Microgrid Project stands as a shining example of what can be achieved when communities come together with a common purpose. It serves as a blueprint for future initiatives aimed at bridging the gap in energy access and advancing sustainable development goals.

As the sun sets over Alexandra, the glow of the microgrid illuminates the streets, signalling a new dawn for the township and its residents. With each passing day, the project continues to redefine the boundaries of possibility, proving that with determination, imagination, commitment and innovation, anything is achievable.

Bigfisch Projects is a dynamic & innovative renewable energy company dedicated to robust solution development & system integration. At our core we are an Energy Services Company (ESCo) offering Engineering, Procurement, Construction & Maintenance (EPCM). We supply a wide range of products & services to meet the diverse needs of our clients, covering the Southern African region.

Focused on Commercial, Industrial, Agricultural & intelligent micro-grid applications we deliver high impact in complex scenarios, establishing long-term value within the power shortage crisis in Africa.

Dealing directly with leading global manufacturers (OEM’s) we leverage cost competitiveness on premium components.

We are proud of our formidable professional partner network built on long-standing relationships that have been forged in mutual trust.

Market Segment
System Size
Total Capacity
Residential
0 - 30 kWp
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Commercial and Industrial (C&I) - SSEG
30kWp - 1MWp
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C&I Large Scale and utility scale
1MWP - 50MWp
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Utility Scale
> 50MWp
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TOTAL
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