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Singapore’s national water agency PUB has appointed Sembcorp Solar Singapore to construct a 60 megawatt-peak (MWp) capacity floating solar photovoltaic (PV) system on Tengeh Reservoir.

When completed in 2021, it will be the largest floating solar PV system in Singapore and one of the largest in the world, generating enough energy to power 16,000 four-room flats and reduce around 32 kilo-tonnes carbon emissions annually – or the same as taking 7,000 cars off our roads.

PUB called for a Request for Proposal (RFP) on June 6, 2019, for private sector companies to design, build, own and operate (DBOO) a large-scale floating PV system (at least 50MWp in capacity) for 25 years on Tengeh Reservoir. The RFP attracted bids from four local and overseas companies.

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Sembcorp Solar Singapore was ultimately successful, proposing the use of highly efficient PV modules and optimised layout to maximise energy generation within the specified area. 

PUB plans on using the green energy produced to power its water treatment processes, thus reducing its carbon footprint. Occupying an area the equivalent of about 45 football fields, the system can produce enough electricity to meet seven percent of PUB’s total energy needs.

A wholly-owned subsidiary of Sembcorp Utilities, Sembcorp Solar Singapore is an experienced solar player with 240MWp of contracted solar projects across more than 1,500 sites. 

This is the second DBOO project that PUB has collaborated with Sembcorp. Sembcorp also runs and operates the Sembcorp Changi NEWater Plant which opened in 2010.

 

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