Total: Larger solar power plant starts production

On Wednesday (27), Total began production of its largest photovoltaic solar power plant, with energy storage outside France. Located in New Caledonia – a French territory in the Pacific Ocean – the unit is called Hélio Boulouparis 2 and is part of the second stage of the largest solar program installed in the region. With 58,000 panels and capacity for 16 MW-peak, the structure can serve up to 21,000 residences in the territory. 

In addition, it has a lithium-ion energy storage system (ESS), with a capacity of almost 10 MW. For the oil company, the combination of a large voltaic system with an ESS can benefit the local population, since it improves the quality and reliability of the electricity grid.

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