Located 40 km from Noumea (New Caledonia) in the sea, the photovoltaic power plant Helios Bay is ideally set as it benefits from the trade winds for natural ventilation, a very favorable rate of sunshine (over 1900 h / year ) and low precipitation (less than 80 mm / year).
Overlooking the basin of the Montagnes farm is set on the peninsula in the Bay of St. Vincent, 10,000 panels now cover the hill perfectly oriented east-west over an area of 3 hectares.
With an installed capacity of 2.1 MWp (Megawatt peak), this plant is able to inject on the network of New Caledonia 3 million KWh per year, equivalent to the consumption of 800-1000 homes, thus avoiding the emission of 1710 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere annually.
The goal of Helios Bay remains to produce and distribute electricity from renewable sources (photovoltaic farm), thus diversifying energy sources in New Caledonia, to limit emissions of greenhouse gases – the farm economy will actually be 250 tonnes of heavy fuel oil, thereby avoiding the emission of approximately 1710 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere every year – and to improve the energy independence of the territory.
Photovoltaic panels are supplied by the French Tenesol – a subsidiary of Total and EDF – and all the energy produced is bought by ENERCAL (New Society caledonenne energy) to be connected to the New Caledonian network.