Philippines Switches on its First Hybrid Floating Solar Project

The first floating solar power project in the Philippines was recently switched on by Ocean Sun, a leading solar energy company based in Norway.

Philippines Floating Solar

The Philippines first 200 kW floating solar power project by Ocean Sun, a leading solar energy company based in Norway, was recently switched on.

The joint project is part of the partnership between Ocean Sun and GCL-SI, the leading provider of modules used for the construction of the floating solar facility. The pilot facility is the first non-hydro project of SN Aboitiz Power-Magat (SNAP), one of the Philippines’ leading renewable energy companies.

Located in the 1,170-hectare Magat reservoir, the purpose-built facility has been designed to withstand disruptive weather conditions and strong typhoons. The project will go through a pilot test lasting for ten months, and will initially serve house load requirements of SNAP’s Magat hydro. If successful, SNAP will look into scaling up the project so that the power generated may contribute to its renewable energy capacity and to the country’s energy security.

Eric Luo, Chairman of GCL-SI, said, “GCL has been an active player in the development of cost-effective renewable energy on a global scale. The cooperation with Ocean Sun on this ground-breaking project in the Philippines once again emphasises the trust we have won from our global partners.”

Alfonso Cusi, Secretary for the Department of Energy of the Philippines, noted that the potential of floating solar would provide a much-needed boost to the energy supply as the country demand for power reaches 11,000MW.

Through an agreement between Ocean Sun and GCL-SI at Shanghai SNEC, the two companies have co-operated on the development of PV modules for floating PV solutions and floating solar facilities. GCL-SI will further strengthen its research and development into high-efficiency products, supporting Ocean Sun for the construction of solar energy facilities to match the rapid economic growth and ever-increasing demand for renewable energy in the Philippines.

Ayush Verma

Ayush Verma

Ayush is a staff writer at saurenergy.com and writes on renewable energy with a special focus on solar and wind. Prior to this, as an engineering graduate trying to find his niche in the energy journalism segment, he worked as a correspondent for iamrenew.com.

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