Schema for taking Lifou island 100% renewable next year. Image: Engie EPS.
The French overseas territory of New Caledonia has hailed the switch-on of a 16MWp solar farm, with battery energy storage to be later attached, and another standalone 5MWh battery project, as significant steps towards '100% renewable energy’ targets.
Both projects have been executed by subsidiaries of major players: Total Quadran, French energy company Total’s renewables subsidiary has completed the Helio Bououparis 2 solar farm on New Caledonia and ENGIE EPS, formerly Electro Power Systems, the energy storage system (ESS) for the New Caledonia island of Lifou.
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Local minister Christoph Gyges described the Lifou project as a model for what Pacific Island territories can achieve. Image: ENGIE EPS.