The Sustainable Energy Association of New Zealand (SEANZ) reports that New Zealand-based renewable energy company Vector Powersmart has completed the installation of the country's first floating solar power plant for local utility Watercare Services Limited, Sunnik reports.
The start of the project was announced in September last year. Currently, more than 2,700 solar panels are installed on 3,000 floating pontoons, making this project the country's first megawatt-scale solar power plant. It will provide clean electricity to Watercare wastewater treatment plant, along with utility power and a biogas plant.
According to Vector Powersmart, the floating solar plant will provide about 25% of the total energy needed at Watercare plant.
“With a commitment to decarbonization and cleaner forms of energy, this project is a significant milestone for New Zealand,” said Vector Powersmart CEO Roger Simons.
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