The 2 MW Heart-shaped Solar Power Plant in New Caledonia.

Conergy Australia has announced plans to branch out into the Pacific Islands, with a first-of-its-kind heart-shaped solar power plant in New Caledonia, 1200 kilometres east of its national headquarters in Brisbane. This follows publication of the government’s review of the Renewable Energy Target (RET) scheme.

The new 2MWp power plant will be located in the northern community of Pouembout on Grand Terre, New Caledonia’s largest island and will be built using96738ab8-44de-4fbe-93a3-624bdef9cd0d-620x372 7,888 German-made Conergy PowerPlus solar panels to generate enough electricity to supply 750 homes. Commissioned by TIEA Energie, a subsidiary of local beverage company Froico SA, the project will begin in the coming months with Conergy carrying out engineering and construction (EPC) work in partnership with local contractor AMBI Energy.


The design is inspired by the “Coeur de Voh”, or “Heart of Voh”, an area of nearby wild mangrove vegetation that has naturally taken the shape of a heart. The “Coeur de Voh” gained worldwide recognition thanks to the aerial photography of environmental campaigner Yann Arthus-Bertrand in the best-selling book, The Earth from Above.

David McCallum, managing director of Conergy Australia, said the plant – a first for the company – would echo the “Coeur de Voh” in becoming a landmark for the people of New Caledonia.

“The ‘Coeur de Voh’ is an important landmark for the people of New Caledonia, and shows just how extraordinary nature can be,” he said. “The ‘Heart of New Caledonia’ solar plant will be its man-made double, a landmark for clean power generation, showing that we can add new power plant wherever it’s required, and still keep a lid on carbon emissions. It will also probably be the world’s first beautiful PV plant, and perhaps the first beautiful power station of any description, anywhere on the planet.”


Originally from The Guardian

Author: Darvin Tocmo

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