Monbat’s donation for a state-of-the-art photovoltaic plant in the Zograf Monastery in Mount Athos

Monbat has donated 448 rechargeable batteries, which will provide overnight electricity in the new photovoltaic park on the grounds of the Bulgarian monastery in Mount Athos.

The 5th May marked the opening of the innovative plant, composed of 360 panels, each of which generates 270W. The total installed capacity of 100kW guarantees sufficient energy for the growing consumption by the monastery and its adjacent buildings.

The facility is designed to transform the current energy concept in the region, which has lacked an external electrical network, as well as improve the quality of life of the monks and its guests at the monastery. The favorable geographic location, characterized by strong sunshine, makes the photovoltaic solutions the right choice for an alternative to the current uninterrupted diesel generator based power supply. The state-of-the-art technology will release the monks from accompanying fuel costs, the continuous fuel replacement and will provide silent and environmentally friendly power generation.

At the opening of the photovoltaic plant, Atanas Bobokov – Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of Monbat AD, said: “Monbat’s team and I are honored to contribute to the realization of this power plant which is sustainable, economic and convenient for the fraternity of monks.

Our participation in the project strengthens our support and commitment to preserving Bulgarian spirituality and Christianity, which underpin our traditions and morals. With the aim of providing power for the future, we are delighted to provide our battery solutions as a bridge between traditions and modern times.”

Monbat’s batteries are placed in special containers with air conditioning, which provide the optimum working temperature. The company provides organizational and logistical support, as well as the participation of its engineering team in the project creation and construction of the power plant.

With the completion of the plant’s construction, which took one year, the installed panels now provide 100 kW photovoltaic power, 120 kW peak power supply of the inverters, 2400 А nominal power of the controllers and 1 MWh battery capacity. This capacity is sufficient to power twenty households or a six-storey building. In the event of over-consumption, the monastery will use an automatic battery reserve and a 155kVA generator.

Monbat’s participation in this shared investment, which amounted to 200 000 Bulgarian leva and which was shared between the company and the monastery’s management, is part of the company’s longstanding commitment to multiple social causes and campaigns designed to preserve Bulgaria’s cultural heritage. Monbat’s corporate culture is based on traditional values of respect and faith and assuming responsibility for its intentions and actions.