January 10 (Renewables Now) - Swiss-based clean energy company the Meeco Group announced on Wednesday an unusual feat -- it simultaneously put into operation two solar projects totalling 4.44 MWp on two different continents.
A 4-MWp solar plant in Bethesda, a township on the Caribbean Island of Antigua, and a 440-kWp rooftop system in the south-German town of Leutkirch were commissioned on the same date in December 2018. While the Caribbean team worked under 30 degrees Celsius and high humidity, the commissioning team in Germany had to grapple with heavy snow and icy rooftops.
“The simultaneous grid connection of two autonomous large-scale solar power plants across two continents was associated with an intense effort, and we are proud to be able to reliably handle this logistical challenge”, CTO Thomas Beindorf said.
The Bethesda project is touted as the largest solar installation in the state of Antigua and Barbuda. It was built and commissioned by PV Energy, a joint venture between Meeco Group and B & S Property.
The 440-kWp rooftop solar plant, mounted on the 200 years old yarn factory in Leutkirch, was built and commissioned in less than two weeks, Meeco said.