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New Caledonia sees 10 MW solar-plus-storage plant come online
TIME£º2019-01-30    VIEWNUM£º170    SOURCE£ºpv magazine

The Wi Hache Ouatom project is the first of its kind in the southwest Pacific French overseas territory. The facility is 51% owned by Enercal Energies Nouvelles and 49% by Promosud, both of which are based in the archipelago.

JANUARY 29, 2019 

The project is New Caledonia¡¯s first solar-plus-storage system.

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New Caledonia-based developer Enercal Energies Nouvelles and local development agency Promosud have announced the commissioning of the 10 MW/7 MWh Wi Hache Ouatom solar-plus-storage power plant in Ouatom, in the southern province of the archipelago.

The project, 51% owned by Enercal Energies Nouvelles and 49% by Promosud, is providing power to the local network, operated by Enercal, parent company of the project¡¯s main shareholder.

The plant uses EDF¡¯s Store & Forecast autonomous control software, which optimizes the operation of electric systems by leveraging forecast and energy storage technology. ¡°Feedback from this initial commissioning will allow other producers and the electrical system manager to ensure reliable commissioning for future installations,¡± Promosud said.

The company has not specified if the project was selected under a tender like those held by French energy giant EDF for storage projects with combined power of 50 MW and a storage capacity of 56.8 MWh in France¡¯s overseas territories and Corsica.

New Caledonia has two other large-scale solar plants in operation: a 12 MW project in Bouloupari, which began operation in May 2017, and the 2.1 MW Helios Bay scheme, that was connected to the grid in May 2010.