Akuo powers up 1.5-MWp solar plant at Caribbean resort

The Focola PV greenhouses in New Caledonia. Image by Akuo Energy on Twitter (@Akuo_Energy)

February 18 (Renewables Now) - French renewable power supplier Akuo Energy said on Wednesday announced the official opening of a 1.5-MWp solar array it installed for a prominent resort in the Dominican Republic.

Using 25 of Akuo’s Solar GEM containerised “plug and play” units, the photovoltaic (PV) installation is generating electricity for the Club Med Punta Cana resort and will cover about 25% of its total electricity requirements. The output will also help offset around 1,800 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions a year, Akuo estimates.

The French firm has signed a 15-year lease agreement for the project with Club Med Punta Cana. Thanks to it, the Caribbean holiday resort will lower its dependence on fossil fuels and cut its electricity bill.

“With this project, we hope to reach a broader audience in the tourism industry, helping it become more sustainable,” said Eric Scotto, Akuo’s chairman and co-founder.

A solar GEM unit uses 200 pre-assembled and pre-wired PV panels. The technology enables the swift relocation of the solar installation, which makes it suitable for sites with harsh weather conditions and unstable environments.

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