Sirindhorn Dam project credit Electricity Generation Authority of Thailand
Thailand is close to completing one the world’s biggest hydro-floating solar hybrid projects on the surface of a dam, part of steps towards boosting renewable energy production after years of criticism for reliance on fossil fuels.
More than 144,000 solar panel units are being installed at Sirindhorn Dam near to the borders with Cambodia and Laos.
The project is due to be completed in June and will comprise seven solar arms covering 121 hectares (300 acres) of water area.
The project will also be used as a renewable energy learning centre and tourist attraction designed to increase sustainable tourism in the area, providing jobs and income in the province.
The Sirindhorn dam project will generate up to 45 megawatts of power and will be able to switch between solar and hydropower depending on which is most efficient at the time.
The state-run Electricity Generation Authority of Thailand says the pilot project is one of the world’s largest hybrid hydro-solar power ventures and aims to replicate it at eight more dams over the next 16 years.
“When all the projects are completed in every dam, we will have total capacity to generate 2,725 megawatts.”
After many years of reliance on coal and other fossil fuels for its energy but is aiming to generate 35% of its energy from other fuel sources by 2037.
Source: Reuters & Electricity Generation Authority of Thailand
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