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Release by Scatec: A Flexible and Cost-Effective Alternative for the Global Mining Industry

Renewable energy is becoming increasingly important in the mining industry, with many companies adopting more sustainable practices to reduce their carbon footprint and improve their bottom line. There are several compelling reasons why renewable energy is good for mining operations, including: decarbonisation, cost savings compared to diesel (carbon-based fuels), predictable cost of energy, and sustainability.


The mining industry is one of the largest direct and indirect emitters of greenhouse gases in the world, making decarbonisation a key priority for companies that want to operate in a more sustainable and responsible way. Renewable energy can play a significant role in reducing scope 1 and 2 emissions, as it allows companies to shift away from fossil fuels and rely on cleaner, more sustainable sources of energy. For example, using wind or solar power to offset self-generation or reduce grid electricity purchases in mines can significantly reduce emissions, while also providing a stable, reliable source of energy when and if coupled with battery energy storage systems (BESS).


Release in Cameroon.


“It is essential to promote sustainability in the mining industry. As mining companies extract finite resources from the earth, it is critical that they adopt practices that help to preserve the environment for future generations. Renewable energy is a key part of this, as it allows companies to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels and operate in a more environmentally responsible way. Companies can now demonstrate their commitment to sustainability and help to build trust with stakeholders and the communities in which they operate – while making a good business decision”, Hans Olav Kvalvaag, CEO Release by Scatec.


Renewable energy, especially solar PV, has always been far cheaper than diesel and other fossil fuels, and it is continuing to become still more cost competitive as the technology continues to improve and economies of scale are achieved.


Release in Cameroon.


But how is a mining company incentivized to drop their relatively simple diesel generator solution and spend time and money on a non-core-business activity at both development and O&M stages?


The Release model was designed to be the renewable energy equivalent of a flexible diesel generator lease. The O&M for diesel generators is far more complex and expensive than for renewables. The only obstacle for embracing renewables is that they are infamously capex intensive. Release solves that by financing the equipment and shifting capital expenditure (capex) to operational expenditure (opex) through our lease model.

As the industry continues to evolve and companies seek to become more responsible and sustainable, renewable energy will play a critical role in shaping the future of mining. Companies that embrace renewable energy today will be well positioned to compete and succeed in the years ahead.

Release is a flexible leasing agreement of pre-assembled and modular solar PV and battery equipment, securely integrated with your power infrastructure. Release is powered by Scatec, a leading renewable power producer with more than 4.6 GW in operation and under construction on four continents.

Designed to overcome challenges associated with adopting solar power, Release offers customers their own solar plant without the need for large investments or long-term contractual commitments.

Release & WAPP: Industry Leadership and Knowledge Sharing

Taking place in Cape Town, South Africa, Release by Scatec hosted delegates from the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE)‘s West African Power Pool (WAPP) Organisation – a specialised agency associating public and private power entities of 14 West African states. As part of a broader programme led by WAPP, and funded by the World Bank, the objective was to upskill power experts in the realm of renewable energy – in order to trigger scaling up of investment and development of solar PV plants at a regional (continental) scale.

WAPP in Cape Town, South Africa.


The WAPP and Release by Scatec partnered to drive education and experience in solar PV plant operation and maintenance, leveraging Scatec’s experience in successfully operating large scale PV plants. With a dedicated focus to the West African region, Release led a one-week study trip to Scatec’s Cape Town office, and operational PV facilities and test sites in Upington and Stellenbosch.

Upington Solar Complex, Northern Cape, South Africa.


In addition to this, classroom sessions were hosted – as well as a tour Scatec’s Control and Monitoring Centre (CMC). Bustling discussions with Scatec and Release staff enabled the trainees to exchange on real life issues related to PV power plant operations.

Trainees were also invited to a presentation from Dr. Wikus Kruger, an academic and industry leader from the University of Cape Town, who shared lessons and pathways to accelerated investment into renewable energy on the African continent. The chief engineer from the Planning Centre of Excellence (Eskom), Riaan Smit, also made hosted a session on the planning of PV deployment and grid related integration challenges.

Sub Station, Sirius, Upington Solar Complex, Northern Cape, South Africa.


Throughout this process, the Release by Scatec business model was explained, and shown in action. Challenges of high capital amounts (if publicly financed), guarantee requirements, 25 years commitment and difficulties to reach financial close (if private projects) for solar PV facilities were all highlight as hurdles to widespread implementation of renewable energy in emerging markets. Release by Scatec’s study tour not only allowed knowledge transfer to occur, but also showed that our business offering solves pain points currently experienced by African utilities: a partnership approach that has simplified and flexible contracts, quick installation, limited upfront investment, scalability, and guaranteed performance. The Release model truly empowers the client – with deep learning and understanding transferred during the operation and maintenance of the plant. This is where true knowledge sharing happens.

O&M, Site Building, Northern Cape, South Africa.


Throughout the week, the trainees built a strong team spirit thanks to the visits, workshops, and mutual sharing of experience by Scatec and Release. A sense of pride was felt by the organising committee, as it was a unique moment where our company and employees could share their experience and expertise – as well as learn the delegation of WAPP members.

Scaling and launching an independent Release platform is key in the optimisation of Scatec’s portfolio, and a driving force in the company’s updated strategy. Sharing our offering to key stakeholders and markets is crucial to our growth, and we are proud to show our strategy in action.

WAPP Study Tour in Cape Town, South Africa

WAPP Cape Town

In sunny Cape Town, South Africa, Release and Scatec ASA are hosting delegates from the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE)‘s West African Power Pool (WAPP) Organisation – a specialised agency associating public and private power entities of 14 West African states. ☀️🌍

The first days of the learning tour included an introduction to Scatec’s local offices, a deep dive into the company’s operation and maintenance (O&M) activities, and a visit to Scatec ASA‘s Upington projects. 👇

Our ultimate goal is to give trainees knowledge that can be used for day-to-day energy operations – and for them to experience the technical expertise of how to deal with real-life challenges in the O&M of solar PV plants. ⚡

Release by Scatec present at 11th Annual NABA Business Summit

NABA Release by Scatec

Present at the 11th Norwegian-African Business Association (NABA) Summit, Hans Olav Kvalvaag shared his thoughts as to how Release can strategically impact Africa’s energy transition.💡

“Release is a solution that mitigates the challenges facing the expedited rollout of renewables in Africa. We are a flexible and rapidly deployable solution solving carbon and costs hurdles for mines and utilities on the continent.” 🔋☀️

Video from new hybrid solar plant in Malakal, South Sudan

Scatec Solar has commissioned a combined solar and battery storage plant in Malakal, South Sudan. The plant will power the Humanitarian Hub in Malakal, which is managed by the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The project will reduce the diesel consumption at the Hub by at least 80%.

Video from The Humanitarian Hub in Malakal


Scatec Solar has developed the project in partnership with Kube Energy. The plant, with a solar PV capacity of 700 kWp, combined with a 1,368 kWh battery energy storage system is connected to IOM existing diesel generators. The delivery of solar power will represent 80% of the energy consumed at the hub, greatly reducing the need for diesel, and providing significant reductions in both CO2 emissions and energy costs. This is a key step in meeting UN targets on abatement of greenhouse gas emissions. Another obvious benefit is the silence already noticed by people at the Hub now that the generators are turned off most of the time.

The project is provided through a flexible energy supply agreement. The movable, quickly installed equipment increases IOM’s operational and financial flexibility, allowing it to access clean and reliable solar power through monthly invoices, rather than high upfront investments, and for a duration that fits operational purposes.  This reduces the financial and operational barriers for converting to renewable energy.

The Humanitarian Hub hosts around 300 workers and 34 organisations. As most remote operations, they rely heavily on diesel-run generators, which are polluting, costly and quite often inefficient. IOM is now greatly improving the Humanitarian Hub’s environmental footprint, and the project is an ideal step towards reducing IOM’s dependence on non-renewable energy.

For further information, please contact:

Release by Scatec Solar
Media: Ingrid Aarsnes, VP Communication & IR, tel: +47 950 38 364

Business Development: Hans Olav Kvalvaag, SVP Release, tel: +47 90171318

International Organization for Migration
Liatile Putsoa at IOM South Sudan, tel: +21191230104