1 MW Floating Solar Installation Complete In New Zealand

1st MW Scale Solar Power Plant In New Zealand Complete As Vector Powersmart Installs 1 MW Floating Solar System For Watercare Services Limited
04:36 PM (Beijing Time) - 12. September 2020
1 MW Floating Solar Installation Complete In New Zealand

Pictured is the 1 MW floating solar power plant at Watercare’s Rosedale Wastewater Treatment Plant when its last arrays were being towed into position. SEANZ says the project is now complete. (Photo Credit: Watercare Services Limited)

Key Takeaways

  • Vector Powersmart has been reported to have completed the installation of a 1 MW floating solar power plant in New Zealand
  • Rosedale Wastewater Treatment Plant of Watercare Services Limited hosts the floating solar installation
  • Project will cover about 25% total energy needs of the Watercare plant generated through over 2,700 solar panels deployed
  • It will help the treatment plant supplement its electricity needs from the grid and cogeneration from biogas

New Zealand based renewable energy company Vector Powersmart has completed the installation of the country’s 1st floating solar power plant for local utility Watercare Services Limited, according to the Sustainable Energy Association New Zealand (SEANZ) that shared a Vector Powersmart media release announcing completion of the project.

The project was first announced in September 2019 and has now been completed with more than 2,700 solar panels and 3,000 floating pontoons making it the country’s 1st MW scale solar system. It will provide clean power to Watercare to supplement electricity from the grid and cogeneration from biogas for the wastewater treatment plant.

Vector Powersmart said the project will cater to about 25% of total energy needed at the Watercare plant.

Larger solar installations like this are commonplace overseas and it’s exciting to see that sort of scale delivered here in New Zealand,” said Vector Powersmart General Manager Rogier Simons. “Given the drive to decarbonise and use cleaner forms of energy, this project is a milestone for New Zealand.”


Anu Bhambhani

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