Saturday, October 25, 2014
This “Heart of New Caledonia” will be in the northern community of Pouembour, on Grand Terr, New Caledonia’s largest island. The plant will be on a four-hectare site. Up to 750 homes will have electricity generated from the 7,888 panels. The 2 MW project was commissioned by TIEA Energie, a subsidiary of local beverage company Froico SA. According to Solar Power World, the engineering and construction (EPC) work will start in the coming months, with Conergy partnering with local contractor AMBI Energy.
The heart-shaped solar plant will save our planet an estimated two million tons of carbon dioxide emissions over its projected 25-year lifetime. Compare this to power from oil, gas, and coal, which generate the majority of the islands’ power today, and one finds this solar heart brings hope for cleaner air.
The unique design is said to be inspired by the Coeur de Voh. Coeur de Voh or Heart of Voh is a naturally heart-shaped area of nearby wild mangrove vegetation.
“Conergy builds all kinds of solar plants in challenging places and conditions, but we’ve never been asked to do one in the shape of a heart, or any other shape before,” says David McCallum, managing director, Conergy Australia. “The Coeur de Voh is an important landmark for the people of New Caledonia and shows just how extraordinary nature can be. The Heart of New Caledonia solar plant will be its man-made double, a landmark for clean power generation, showing that we can add a new power plant wherever it’s required and still keep a lid on carbon emissions.”