Singapore utility moving forward with 60MW floating solar project

first_imgSingapore utility moving forward with 60MW floating solar project FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:A 60MW floating solar plant that will take Singapore’s national water utility to 100 percent renewables is set to be built off the back of a 25-year power purchase agreement signed this week.Singapore-based engineering group Sembcorp said on Monday that a deal had been struck between its fully owned subsidiary Sembcorp Floating Solar Singapore and Singapore’s National Water Agency PUB, underpinning the construction of the massive floating PV array.The 25-year PPA follows PUB’s announcement in February of this year that it had appointed Sembcorp to design, build, own and operate the project, which is billed as one of the world’s largest, inland floating solar PV systems.Under the agreement, Sembcorp Floating Solar Singapore will install more than 146,000 solar panels on the Tengeh Reservoir in Tuas, the site of testing for floating solar technology by the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore since 2017.Sembcorp said the solar power generated by the floating PV would meet the day-to-day operational energy needs of PUB’s five local waterworks, including Marina Barrage, making Singapore one of few countries in the world to achieve 100% green waterworks.Floating solar, while slow to take off, is seen as a big potential market, both for countries like Singapore with limited space for large-scale onshore renewable energy projects and as a complement to water storage and treatment infrastructure, to power them sustainably and help prevent water loss by evaporation.[Sophie Vorrath]More: Massive 60MW floating solar plant secures 25-year PPA in Singaporelast_img