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Sunseap to build world's first floating solar systems off Woodlands coast

PC Lee

SINGAPORE (Nov 9): Sunseap Group, Southeast Asia’s leading sustainable energy provider, is developing one of the world’s largest offshore floating photovoltaic (OFPV) systems to be located north of Woodlands Waterfront Park, along the Straits of Johor.

Supported by the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), the 5 MegaWatt-peak (MWp) floating solar system will generate about 6,388 MWh of renewable energy annually, once completed.

“This is equivalent to powering about 1,250 4-room flats, with a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of about 2,600 tonnes every year, over the next 25 years and beyond,” says Sunseap.

Most large-scale floating PV systems are built on freshwater ponds, lakes or reservoirs. Sunseap’s latest is one of the largest sea-based photovoltaic (PV) projects.

Equivalent to the size of five football fields, the 5-ha OFPV pilot in Woodlands is expected to be commercially operational early next year.

Damian Chan, executive director, energy, chemicals & materials, EDB, says: “Solar is one of the most viable and sustainable clean energy options in Singapore, and we continue to see innovative solar solutions being developed and deployed here. Beyond contributing to Singapore’s energy security and climate change commitments, Sunseap’s offshore floating photovoltaic system will help the clean energy ecosystem build new, exportable capabilities for potential scale-up across the region.”