BANGKOK (NNT) – The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) reports that the largest floating hybrid solar power plant in the world, on Sirindhorn Reservoir in Ubon Ratchathani province, with a capacity of 45 megawatts, will start operating from October this year.
EGAT governor Boonyanit Wongrukmit said the plant will help generate electricity from a renewable energy source for a longer time.
He said the plant generates electricity from solar cells during the day and from the hydroelectric power plant at night, using batteries which store the electricity generated during the day. It is also the best use of the existing resources at the dam, such as power transmission lines and high-voltage power stations, and reduces the cost of electricity.
According to the governor, EGAT is still waiting for the Ministry of Energy to approve the expansion of floating photovoltaic power generation, from the current power development plan of 2,725 megawatts to 5,000 megawatts, to meet the country’s clean energy needs.