Thailand Starts Operating Sirindhorn Floating Solar Farm

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The largest floating hybrid solar power plant in the world, on Sirindhorn Reservoir in Ubon Ratchathani province, with a capacity of 45 megawatts, have started its operation as pressure mounts on climate action, said the statement.

It is the world’s largest hybrid solar-hydropower project, installed on the surface of the water using 144,000 separate solar panels, the equivalent of 100 football fields.

The emerging technology used in a project is showing promise and generating interest throughout Southeast Asia.

In Singapore, a similar solar panel scheme is operational on Tengeh Reservoir, while plans are underway to rollout similar projects in Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines.

The 45 megawatts of peak power the project can produce complements the existing dam operations, which can generate an additional 36 MW, and provide electricity across three provinces in eastern Thailand.

This project in Ubon Ratchathani province helps with one of the biggest issues associated with solar power infrastructure development, the scarcity and cost of land.

Prasertsak Cherngchawano, a deputy governor of Power Plant Development and Renewable Energy at the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT), the state body in charge of the project confirmed plans for another smaller floating solar project in northern Thailand.

Following that, he said he expected that the next national power plan would include an expedited strategy to roll out more renewable projects and reduce the environmental burden and economic uncertainty of fossil fuels.

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