Masdar to develop world's largest floating solar plant

The plant will cover an area of 225 hectares atop the Cirata Reservoir

The agreement was signed in Jakarta by Iwan Agung Firstantara, president director of PLN, and Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, chief executive officer of Masdar.
The agreement was signed in Jakarta by Iwan Agung Firstantara, president director of PLN, and Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, chief executive officer of Masdar.

Masdar has signed a project development agreement (PDA) for the world’s largest floating 200-MW solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant with Indonesian power company PT Pembangkitan Jawa-Bali.

The plant will cover an area of 225 hectares atop the Cirata Reservoir - which already powers a 1GW hydroelectric power station - in the West Java province of Indonesia.

The agreement was signed in Jakarta by Iwan Agung Firstantara, president director of PLN, and Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, chief executive officer of Masdar.

Firstantara said: “We believe this project development agreement is a milestone in the development of other floating PV solar power plants; this 200MW project will be the largest project of its kind in Indonesia and PJB-Masdar will be a pioneer of floating PV technology.”

Ramahi said: “Today’s signing marks the entry of Masdar into South East Asia and our first project in floating solar power,” said Al Ramahi.

The benefit of a floating solar power station in countries with a tropical climate is that it enables development of renewable energy in forested regions generally unsuitable for conventional solar power.

The successful deployment of the Cirata project might open the door to additional installations of floating solar power across Indonesia.

The planned 200MW floating PV project will be mounted on 700,000 floats moored to the bed of the Cirata reservoir and connected by electrical cables to an onshore high-voltage substation.

Besides producing clean power, the facility will provide shading against the sun, reducing evaporation from the reservoir and limiting the growth of algae.

Last year, a Masdar-led consortium was appointed to build the 800MW third phase of the Mohamed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai, quoting a record low price for solar power generation.

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