Singapore today unveiled one of the world’s largest floating solar panel farms, which can produce enough electricity to power the island’s five water treatment plants.
The project is part of efforts by the country to meet a goal of quadrupling its solar energy production by 2025 to help tackle climate change.
Located on a reservoir in western Singapore, the 60 megawatt-peak solar photovoltaic farm has been built by a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sembcorp Industries.
The electricity generated from the one lakh 22 thousand solar panels on the 45-hectare site should make Singapore one of the few countries in the world to have a water treatment system fully powered by sustainable energy.
The solar farm could help to reduce carbon emissions by about 32 kilo tonnes annually, comparable to taking 7,000 cars off the roads, according to a joint statement by the company and Singapore’s national water agency PUB.
As opposed to conventional rooftop solar panels, floating ones perform between 5% to 15% better because of the cooling effect of the water, and are not impacted by shading from other buildings, according to a presentation on the project.
The solar panels are designed to last for 25 years and drones will be used to assist with maintenance. Currently, there are four other floating solar panel projects underway in Singapore.