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 governmentâ€™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 Caledoniaâ€™s largest island and will be built using 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 â€œCoeur de Vohâ€, or â€œHeart of Vohâ€, an area of nearby wild mangrove vegetation that has naturally taken the shape of a heart. The â€œCoeur de Vohâ€ 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 â€“ a first for the company â€“ would echo the â€œCoeur de Vohâ€ in becoming a landmark for the people of New Caledonia.
â€œThe â€˜Coeur de Vohâ€™ is an important landmark for the people of New Caledonia, and shows just how extraordinary nature can be,â€ he said. â€œThe â€˜Heart of New Caledoniaâ€™ solar plant will be its man-made double, a landmark for clean power generation, showing that we can add new power plant wherever itâ€™s required, and still keep a lid on carbon emissions. It will also probably be the worldâ€™s first beautiful PV plant, and perhaps the first beautiful power station of any description, anywhere on the planet.â€
Originally from The Guardian