Why Release?

Why Release?

Release is a solution proposed by Scatec, Africa’s leading solar IPP. With over 1.5 GW of installed capacity in Africa, we understand the challenges to deploying renewable energy on that continent: arduous project financing and long, complex installations.

Release takes CAPEX-intensive solar PV and battery storage and offers them on a flexible lease basis to instantly replace expensive fuel and reduce the total power bills. We push CAPEX to OPEX without the guarantee requirements that come with a long-term PPA.

The Release concept combines EPC with continuous power plant supervision under a flexible, modular, and scalable leasing agreement. Release PV and BESS units are pre-assembled and standardized for easy site installation & commissioning. We guarantee performance over the project life.

  • Reduced energy costs

    We deliver medium- and large-scale solar PV power at prices previously reserved for larger installations. We guarantee significant fuel cost savings, reduced wear and tear on engines or reduced on-grid costs during peak demand periods.

    Reduced energy costs
  • Flexible leasing

    Flexible contract duration

    We provide short- and long-term leases starting from one-year commitments. This allows you to review operations and financial needs to determine a power solution, rather than the other way around.

    The combination of a leasing agreement and flexible contract length greatly reduces your financial liabilities.

    Limited upfront commitment

    The traditional way to convert to solar power involves high upfront investments through buying own equipment on an EPC contract or long-term commitments when engaging in PPAs.

    We finance the equipment and lease it to our customers at a fixed, annual fee. This means you get a monthly invoice instead of a high upfront investment.

    Flexible leasing
  • Reduced fuel dependency

    Medium and large energy consumers are particularly vulnerable to price fluctuations, fuel and power disruptions. A solar plant installed on-site will allow you to reduce dependency on fuel and grid power and maintain vital operations even in case of disruption of the existing power source.

    Reduced fuel dependency

Guaranteed performance and availability

We guarantee equipment performance and availability to ensure that you receive what is expected. We test the equipment upon completion of installation and on a regular basis to ensure system performance over time.

Quick deployment and installation

The pre-assembled and containerised equipment reduces the time and manpower required for installation. We install 1-2 MW of solar power per week with a small team. Our standardised and modular design reduces the installation time, enabling the solar plant to be up and running within four to six months.

Solar trackers and bifacial modules for higher efficiency

We use single axis trackers, which increases power output by 15-25 percent compared to fixed tilt solutions. We also use bifacial modules, which means that the sunlight reflected from the ground is absorbed in the back of the panels. These modules increase power output with up to an additional 10 percent. Overall, this allows our solar systems to deliver up to 30 percent more power than traditional fixed systems at the same installed capacity.

24/7 technical support and monitoring

We provide remote 24/7 monitoring, analysis, and interactive maintenance through our Control and Monitoring Centre in Cape Town. We support in operation and maintenance activities, and train local resources to perform daily maintenance tasks if needed. We also come to site on a regular basis to maintain and control the equipment.