New Caledonia sees 10 MW solar-plus-storage plant come online

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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 Hâche 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.