Thailand floats hydro-solar projects for its dams as fossil fuel supplement

a group of people on a boat: Solar panels over the water surface of Sirindhorn Dam in Ubon Ratchathani

© Reuters/PRAPAN CHANKAEW Solar panels over the water surface of Sirindhorn Dam in Ubon Ratchathani

UBON RATCHATHANI, Thailand (Reuters) – Thailand is close to completing one of the world’s biggest floating hydro-solar hybrid projects on the surface of a dam, a step toward boosting renewable energy production after years of criticism for reliance on fossil fuels.

About 144,417 solar panels are being installed on a reservoir in the northeast province of Ubon Ratchathani, where workers are completing the last of seven solar farms covering 300 acres (121 hectares) of water.

The state-run Electricity Generation Authority of Thailand (EGAT) is touting the pilot project as 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.

a man standing next to a net: Solar panels over the water surface of Sirindhorn Dam in Ubon Ratchathani

© Reuters/PRAPAN CHANKAEW Solar panels over the water surface of Sirindhorn Dam in Ubon Ratchathani

“When all the projects are completed in every dam, we will have a total capacity to generate 2,725 megawatts,” project head Chanin Saleechan said.

Thailand has long relied on coal for power, but plans for new coal-fired projects have been met with opposition over health and environmental risks, and two proposed southern coal plants were shelved in 2018.

 

News source: https://www.msn.com/

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