Indonesia’s Cirata Reservoir is already supplying water to a 1 GW hydroelectric power station. The floating PV plant on this reservoir will be the first such project for Abu Dhabi based Masdar (Photo Credit: Masdar Twitter)
- Masdar and Indonesia’s PT PJB will be developing a 200 MW floating solar power plant in Indonesia
- The plant will be located atop Cirata Reservoir in West Jaba province
- It will be mounted on 700,000 floats moored to the bed of the reservoir and connected by electrical cables to an onshore high-voltage substation
- Once the project is successfully deployed, developers say such floating PV plants could be built on another 60 reservoirs in Indonesia
Indonesian power company PT Pembangkitan Jawa-Bali (PT PJB) has signed an agreement with Masdar, Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company to set up a 200 MW floating solar power plants. To be located atop the Cirata Reservoir in the West Java province of Indonesia, it is expected to be the world’s largest floating PV power plant.
PTPJB and Masdar had earlier in July 2017 agreed to collaborate on finding sustainable solutions to serve the needs of Indonesians. Their focus area was decided to be projects in the Java-Bali and Sumatra regions.
“Today’s signing marks the entry of Masdar into South East Asia and our first project in floating solar power,” said Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO of Masdar.
The reservoir is spread over 6,000 hectares and is already used in combination with a 1 GW hydroelectric power station. The 200 MW PV plant will be mounted on 700,000 floats moored to the bed of the reservoir and connected by electrical cables to an onshore high-voltage substation.
Besides producing clean power, the facility will provide shading against the sun, reducing evaporation from the reservoir and limiting the growth of algae, according to Masdar.
Once the Cirata project is successfully deployed, it could pave the way for installations of floating solar power on ‘another 60 reservoirs across Indonesia,’ according to the press release.
Indonesia wants renewable energy to supply 31% of the total energy mix by 2050. However, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) believes the country has the potential to produce more than 700 GW of renewable energy, including 532.6 GW of solar power alone.