March 6 (Renewables Now) - The largest floating solar complex, with a capacity of over 2.7 GW, is planned to be built in Thailand, Bloomberg reports.
The company behind the ambitious project is state-run Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT), the idea of which is to install 16 floating photovoltaic (PV) plants in nine of its hydroelectric dam reservoirs. The scheme will be implemented by 2037, Thepparat Theppitak, deputy governor for power-plant development and renewable energy at EGAT, told the news agency. He added that the complex will be coupled with a lithium-ion battery storage system in the future.
The competition for the first project from the batch is planned to be launched in two months, with bidding to be open to international companies. This will be a 45-MW installation at the Sirindhorn Dam in northeast Thailand that will be completed in 2020. The budget for the tender will be THB 2 billion (USD 62.8m/EUR 55.5m), according to the report.
The world's largest floating solar farm, sitting on a lake that used to be a coal mine, is located in China and has a capacity of 150 MW. It was officially opened at the end of 2017.
(THB 10 = USD 0.314/EUR 0.278)