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Total inaugurates New Caledonia’s solar power plant with energy storage

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Total Quadran, a wholly owned Total subsidiary involved in the production of renewable electricity in France and its overseas territories, has initiated Helio Boulouparis 2, a solar power plant with energy storage in overseas France. The plant is the second tranche of the solar park. The first tranche, Helio Boulouparis 1, was put on stream in 2017.

Equipped with more than 58 000 solar panels, the plant has an installed capacity of nearly 16 MWp. The plant will feature a lithium-ion energy storage system (ESS) with a capacity of nearly 10 MW. The combination of a large photovoltaic system with an ESS helps to improve the quality and reliability of the electricity grid for the benefit of the local population.

"The territorial aspect of these projects is crucial. They can only be carried out if local institutions are on board and with a strong support from all local stakeholders," explained Stefan Sontheimer, Director of Total Quadran's Pacific agency. "In all, 200 people from companies in New Caledonia worked on the project. They were involved at each stage, from site selection, design, permits and financing on through to construction and now operation and maintenance."

Read the article online at: https://www.energyglobal.com/energy-storage/27112019/total-inaugurates-new-caledonias-solar-power-plant-with-energy-storage/

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