Thailand plans to construct the world’s largest floating solar park on reservoirs of several hydroelectric power stations. The Thai energy production agency reports that by 2037, there should be 16 such solar plants in 9 reservoirs. The total capacity of the project is 2.7 GW.
The largest of these 16 floating solar plants, which is planned to be built on the Sirikit Dam by 2035, will have a capacity of 325 MW.
The tendering process for the first floating solar project’s construction will take place in 2 months and will be open to international companies. The budget for a 45-MW solar plant on the Sirindhorn dam is $ 63 million, and, in 2020, the facility will have been built.
On the average, a floating solar power plant is 18% more expensive than a ground-mounted one as it requires additional infrastructure, but cooling by water increases its efficiency by 10%.
It is worth reminding that Thailand aims at bringing its renewable energy share to 27% of the country’s total power output by 2037.