Singapore's water agency to build 50-MWp floating solar park

The floating solar test-bed in Singapore. Image: ABB

June 10 (Renewables Now) -Singapore’s National Water Agency PUB plans to build what will be the country’s first single large-scale floating solar park -- a 50-MWp installation on the Tengeh reservoir.

The photovoltaic (PV) facility is planned to become operational by 2021, PUB said last week.  The project will be developed on a design-build-own-operate basis through a 25-year contract that will be awarded after a competitive selection. Once up and running, the plant's output will cover 7% of PUB’s current power demand and will help offset 28,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions per year.

Separately, PUB is working on the implementation of two 1.5-MWp floating solar projects on the Bedok and Lower Seletar reservoirs, scheduled for commissioning by early 2020. A tender for their construction has already been finalised and the job will be awarded in the third quarter of this year.

The water agency is also installing solar systems atop its water infrastructure facilities and on its reservoirs. Following the completion of the three latest projects, its installed PV capacity will reach 57 MWp.

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