Sunseap installs 5-MWp floating offshore PV plant in Johor Straits

Floating offshore solar plant. Image by: Sunseap.

March 23 (Renewables Now) - Singapore-based Sunseap Group Pte Ltd has completed the installation of a 5-MWp floating offshore solar array in the Straits of Johor, between Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore.

The Woodlands system is one of the largest floating solar facilities on sea water globally, Sunseap said on Tuesday. Consisting of 13,312 photovoltaic (PV) panels, 40 inverters and more than 30,000 floats, the power plant is expected to generate around 6,023 MWh of electricity per year and offset close to 4,300 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

The construction phase took close to a year. Sunseap noted that a range of challenges had to be overcome, such as COVID-19 movement restrictions, the unpredictable open sea nature and the need to avoid shipping routes. The PV installation is equipped with a constant tension mooring system that makes it capable of withstanding the changing weather conditions.

This was the first offshore floating solar project for Sunseap. “This is an important milestone for Sunseap as we believe that offshore space like the sea, reservoirs, lakes etc, offers exciting opportunities for land-scarce and densely populated cities to tap solar energy,” said CEO Frank Phuan.

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