Island resort saves with on-site solar

In a move to reduce its carbon footprint and save on power costs, a five-star French resort on the South Pacific island of Bora Bora has installed an on-site solar photovoltaic (PV) system.

Engineering and turnkey construction for the 600 kWp system was provided by regional solar company Sunzil SAS, a subsidiary of Total and EDF.

The PV array was installed on the roofs of two large service buildings inside the resort complex, with an additional 1600-square-metre building constructed to accommodate the installation. The array uses 1884 Benq 327 W solar modules and 29 Delta RPI M20A inverters.

The installation is expected to generate around 930 MWh of electricity per year, as well as reducing the resort’s carbon footprint by about 530 tonnes of CO2.

In addition, it is expected to generate significant savings, as electricity from local utility EDT can cost up to 41 €cents/kWh due to high fuel transport costs and high operating expenses for the island’s largely diesel-fired power plants.à‚ 

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