Singapore-headquartered energy, marine and urban development group Sembcorp Industries announced in May 2020 that it has secured a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with the city state’s national water agency, the Public Utilities Board (PUB), for a 60 MW floating solar plant at Tengeh Reservoir.
The project is scheduled to be completed in 2021 and will power PUB’s five waterworks, with Sembcorp being in charge of designing, building and operating the plant. The plant will be composed of 146,000 solar panels from an unspecified manufacturer, while Norwegian technical consultancy DNV GL was appointed technical advisor for the project.
This has been described as one of the world’s largest, inland floating solar PV systems. It would make the city-state one of the few countries internationally to have 100% of its waterworks powered by renewables. This project is also in line with PUB’s main objective relating to fostering energy sustainability in water treatment.
This project will contribute to achieving Singapore’s target of achieving 2 gigawatt peak (GWp) of installed solar capacity by 2030.
(Sources: PV Magazine; Sembcorp)