Singapore solar developer Sunseap has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Batam Indonesian Free Zone Authority (BP Batam), a public agency responsible for the management, development and construction of Batam Island in Indonesia, to build a memorandum of understanding at the Duriangkang Reservoir in the southern part of the region 2.2 GW floating photovoltaic project.
Once completed, this project will become the world’s largest floating photovoltaic power station and will reach a capacity comparable to the largest ground facility currently in operation (a 2.2 GW power station in Qinghai Province, China).
The facility is planned to occupy 1,600 hectares of water surface and is paired with an energy storage system with a capacity of 4,000 MWh.
Sunseap said that the Duriangkang Reservoir provides more than half of Batam’s fresh water supply, and solar panels floating on the water will help reduce evaporation, thereby storing more water in the reservoir. Sunseap further explained, “At the same time, water can keep the solar panels cool, thereby generating more clean energy and creating a synergistic relationship. Sunseap predicts that the solar farm will generate more than 2,600 GWh of electricity each year. , It may offset more than 1.8 million metric tons of carbon emissions each year.”
“Shortly after we deployed Singapore’s first offshore floating solar farm along the Strait of Johor, this ultra-large-scale project is an important milestone for Sunseap,” said Frank Phuan, Sunseap’s CEO. The investment will promptly promote Batam’s industrial development as they are working to reduce the carbon footprint of their operations. At the same time, it will create jobs and impart skills to Batam’s clean energy industry,” added Muhammad Rudi, Director of BP Batam road.
The project will be financed through bank loans and self-owned funds, and is scheduled to start next year and be completed in 2024.