Vergnet has started works on 400kWp Solar Photovoltaic project for the island of Tarawa, Kiribati.

Vergnet announced that it is to deliver the turn-key design, supply and construction of a 400kWp Solar Photovoltaic project on the island of Tarawa, which is located in the central Pacific Ocean and home to half of Kiribati’s 110,000 inhabitants.

The power from the solar photovoltaic project will be exported to the local Public Utilities Board’s grid. It is set to generate 692MWh of clean energy annually and aims to reduce the island’s dependency on diesel generators and its greenhouse gas emissions.

To ensure the project is fully integrated and optimised with the local grid, Vergnet utilises its patented Hybrid Wizard, which was designed specifically to provide security of electricity supply for remote or island locations. The innovative solution maximizes renewable energy penetration, in this case from photovoltaic solar, into existing diesel systems in real time.  It features an instantaneous feedback loop between the controller and generators, which enables users to constantly maximize penetration to what the existing electricity grid can accept.

This is Vergnet’s second project with developer Masdar, an Abu Dhabi renewable energy company, following the success of the partnership when delivering Samoa’s first wind farm.

Vergnet has a significant track record in developing energy solutions that are particularly suited to insular environments and believes these have a vital role to play in developing countries.

Through both wind and solar plants, Vergnet has installed approximately 43MW of wind and solar power throughout the Pacific region in areas including Samoa, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji, Tahiti, New Zealand, Australia and Japan.