- A 60 MW floating solar project for Singapore’s Tengeh Reservoir has come online
- It uses Trina Solar’s 210 Vertex dual-glass modules that will help the facility generate 77,259,302 kWh of clean energy annually
- Power generated will be procured by Singapore’s PUB to meet 7% of its energy needs
Singapore’s Tengeh Reservoir has become home to a 60 MW floating solar PV facility as the country’s largest such system to be grid connected, according to module manufacturer Trina Solar. Back in June 2020 when construction on the project started, project builder Sembcorp Industries said it will be one of the world’s largest inland floating solar project on completion (see 60 MW Floating Solar Enters Construction In Singapore).
The project deploys 12,556 Trina Solar 210 Vertex dual-glass modules which it claims leads to high power capacity, high efficiency, high reliability and high-power generation. Because of large wafer sized modules, the number of total modules required for the project came down, meaning less water surface area taken up by the project, contributing to a construction cost saving worth CNY 0.04 to CNY 0.07 ($0.0062 to $0.011) per W, said the Chinese module supplier.
Together these solar modules are to generate 77,259,302 kWh of clean power annually for the next 25 years. Trina Solar said, this project makes Singapore one of the few countries in the world to achieve 100% green waterworks.
“The project is significant because of its size and because this reservoir is also a main source of drinking water for Singapore, thus highlighting the reliability and dependability of floating solar systems,” added Trina Solar.
Sembcorp Industries won the project in a competitive round concluded by Singapore’s National Water Agency PUB in February 2020. The 60 MW facility will be able to generate enough clean energy to meet 7% of the PUB’s total energy needs as it will use the same to supply to its water treatment processes and lower its carbon footprint (see Sembcorp For 60 MW Floating PV Project In Singapore).
In April 2021, Facebook signed up for Sunseap’s 5 MW offshore floating solar plant in Straits of Johor under a virtual power purchase agreement (PPA) (see Floating Solar Power For Facebook In Singapore).