41 MW Floating Solar Plant Completed in South Korea

Highlights :

  • South Korea has started making quite progress on the renewable energy front
  • The country, with a critical role in global supply chains and innovation, will hope to grab the opportunities and overachieve on its conservative targets too.
41 MW Floating Solar Plant Completed in South Korea

Scotra, a local South Korean floating PV specialist has completed construction of a 41 MW floating solar installation for the Korea Water Resources firm. The plant has been built on a reservoir of the Hapcheon Dam in South Korea’s Gyeongsang province. South Korea has set itself a target of 2.1 GW of floating solar by 2030.

For South Korea, which has been relatively underrated in its renewable energy progress, the floating plant is the largest such plant in the country for now. Local star and module major Hanwha Q Cells supplied it Q.Peak Duo Poseidon modules with Scotra providing the structures.

Hapcheon Dam Floating Project. Pic Courtesy: Scotra

The promoters hope the make the plant a tourist attraction, and it has been designed like a flower/s.

South Korea also has the world’s largest tidal wave power station, the 254 MW Sihwa Lake Tidal Power Station.

Scotra has also built a 25 MW floating solar plant at a reservoir in Jeollanam province in South Korea, besides smaller arrays elsewhere.

Currently, it’s biggest ongoing project is the 72 MW project at the Saemangeum dam on the Yellow Sea.

The most ambitious floating solar project is of course the 2.1 GW floating solar complex being developed developing near the Saemangeum marshes on the Yellow Sea coast. While 1.2 GW is expected to be ready by the end of 2022, the remaining project capacity is expected to be added on by 2025.

In giving a 2050 net zero target, the South Korean government had pledged to take the share of renewable energy  from 7 percent to 30 percent by share of generation by 2030. It is a target that many consider not ambitious enough, considering the much higher levels of industrialisation and per capita income the country has when compared to most large Asian peers other than Japan.

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