Thailand’s 12.5MW floating power plant was successfully connected to the grid, JA Solar announced.
As it is the first large-scale floating photovoltaic power plant in Thailand the completion of the project is of great significance to the development of local renewable energy.
The plant is constructed on an industrial reservoir, and its generated electricity is delivered to the customer’s manufacturing base via underground cables. The plant will become a solar park opening to the general public and visitors with a focus on promoting the development of local renewable energy after entering operation.
Compared with traditional PV power plants, the floating PV power plants are capable of effectively increasing power generation efficiency and prevent degradation by decreasing the usage of the land, boosting the unobstructed sunlight exposure, and lowering module and cable temperatures. PERC bifacial double-glass modules prove to be rigorous long-term reliability and environmental adaptability tests by proving its excellent resistance to PID attenuation, salt corrosion, and wind load.
These modules can maintain high-efficiency performance and stable power output, providing a strong guarantee for optimizing the power generation capacity of the system.
In May, Thai energy producer Global Power Synergy PCL signed a deal to acquire the holding companies for nine solar power facilities with a combined capacity of 39.5 MW. Specifically, the company has agreed to take over NPS Star Group Co Ltd, World X Change Asia Co Ltd, PP Solar Co Ltd and TerraForm Operating (Thailand) Co Ltd. These firms hold plants located in Phichit, Suphanburi, Lopburi and Khon Kaen province that sell electricity under a 25-year contract with Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA). The existing power purchase agreement (PPA) will run until 2039-2040, according to the announcement