Hemant Kumar

General Manager Capital Works, Solomon Power

Taro, Seghe – Design, Installation and Commissioning of Hybrid Generation Systems in Provinces
Thursday 24 May 2018

Hemant Kumar is a Chartered Electrical Engineer with more than 30 years of experience in the Power Industry in Australia, New Zealand and in the South Pacific.He has held senior management roles while working for electricity distribution, transmission and generation utilities. His roles included Team leadership as General Manager Capital Works, Manager Planning, Network Development Manager, Standards Manager, Design Manager, Project Manager, and Contracts Manager/Engineer. He has been responsible for development of asset management plans, network planning, and optimization and capital expenditure programs.

He also has several years of electricity network management experience including planning, operational, development of business case to the board and development of asset management plans.

Hemant is presently working for Solomon Power (SOE of Solomon Government) as General Manager – Capital Works & Planning responsible for short/long term planning of all generation, transmission and distribution systems/assets, and asset management and maintenance management systems. He is responsible for development of strategies and implementation of strategies to increase accessibility of electricity In Solomon Islands. He has been instrumental in the development of concept of hybrid generation system for Solomon Power (Solar, battery, diesel) to provide access to electricity to Solomon Islanders. He is in a process of implementing a program to install more than 50 Hybrid mini grid systems in Solomon Islands over the next 10 years to provide access to electricity to isolated communities who are spread over several islands. Two of the first min-grid system has been commissioned May – July 2017. SP has also commissioned grid connected 1 MW solar farm in Honiara in July 2016. Up and coming project over next five years include the following:

Tina River Hydro Project (15 MW).
4 MW solar farms with battery storage in Honiara.
Conversion of 5 diesel generation plants in provinces to a Hybrid system ( Solar, battery, back-up diesel)
15 new Min- grid systems.
30 Network expansions to existing grids to increase accessibility.

Hemant will be talking about Solomon Power‘s experience in design, construction, installation, commissioning and operation of 2 recently commissioned Hybrid Systems in the provinces.