Singapore’s floating solar farm on the Tengeh Reservoir has officially been opened.
Made up of 122,000 solar panels spanning 45 hectares, it is roughly equivalent to the size of 45 football fields. The 60 megawatt-peak solar photovoltaic (PV) farm is now officially one of the largest operational inland floating solar PV systems in the world. The farm will also contribute to Singapore’s goal of quadrupling solar energy deployment by 2025. Floating Solar Singapore, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sembcorp Industries, and Singapore’s national water agency PUB.
The project will give the nation’s solar and renewable energy industry a boost, paving the way for more such facilities to be built here and in the region, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said.
The idea of building a floating solar farm came up a decade ago when Singapore was looking for ways to harness solar energy at scale. This became an increasingly viable option as the cost of solar cells came down. In fact the nation is one of the biggest carbon dioxide emitters per capita, and the densely populated nature of the city makes it hard to find the necessary space for green initiatives.
- www.euronews. green technology