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|Aerial footage of Sembcorp Tengeh Floating Solar Farm on June 20, 2021. (Photo: ST)|
Hanoi – A floating solar power farm covering an area of 45ha was unveiled in Singapore on July 14, becoming one of the biggest of its kind in the world.
With 122,000 panels on Tengeh Reservoir, this is the city-state's most ambitious project, built by the energy and urban development company Sembcorp Industries with support from the national water agency PUB.
The new farm will produce enough electricity to run five water treatment plants and can produce up to 60 MW of electricity and will lead to carbon emissions reductions equivalent to removing 7,000 cars from roads.
Singapore is among the biggest per capita carbon dioxide emitters in Asia, and its land scarcity makes boosting renewable energy sources a challenge.
It has turned to setting up plants off its coasts and in reservoirs, and aims to quadruple solar energy production by 2025. Singapore has also built a solar farm in the Johor Strait, which separates the island state from Malaysia, as well as plants on land.
In February, its government unveiled a "green plan" that includes steps such as planting trees, reducing waste sent to landfills, and building more charging points to encourage electric car use.
The country has pledged to achieve net-zero emissions "as soon as viable" in the second half of the century.