Stand Alone Solar System at Tchegera Island, Virunga National Park, DR Congo
Tchegera Island is now equipped with a stand alone solar system that manages 2 sources of energy: Solar, batteries.
27 November, 2015 by
Stand Alone Solar System at Tchegera Island, Virunga National Park, DR Congo
Arnaud Otjacques

About Tchegera Island:

Situated off the northern shore of L. Kivu, Tchegera camp offers spectacular views of the lake and four volcanoes. On clear nights, Nyiragongo and Nyamulagira volcanoes add to the drama by turning the night sky red with their glowing lava. There is also an abundance of birdlife on the island, including African eagles, cormorants, herons and gulls. Whether one chooses to relax on the beach or explore other parts of the island in a sea kayak or by paddle board, Tchegera is the perfect place for rest and relaxation. (source:

  • System Design: December 2014
  • System Installation: December 2014
  • System Commissioned: January 2015

Client: Very happy customer

Project Goals

To power the entire lodge on Tchegera island with 24/7 solar energy.


  • 6 x 300W Solar PV panels
  • 1 x 5 kVA Victron Multiplus inverter
  • 1 x Victron MPTT 150/70 regulator
  • 8 x 12V 210Ah  DEKA Gel deep cycle battery
  • 1 x Color Control GX
  • 8 x 120L Solar water heater
  • 5 x Bosch fridge and freezer A+++
  • 1 x Solar waterpump
  • All ligths are LEDs


To make this system work perfectly the GoShop team installed all high demanding appliances by low consumptions or solar appliances. (A+++ fridges and freezers, LEDs and solar water heater)

This system provides a neat, practical and sustainable alternative to traditional diesel power for remote locations or locations where the grid is unstable.

The site doesn't have to run on diesel fuel, saving thousands of US dollar in fuel and transportation costs every year. This shows that stand alone solar system can be the most efficient solution.

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