The floating solar farm is expected to have a capacity of 2.2 gigawatt-peak. It will float on the Duriangkang Reservoir on a southern area of Batam Island and span nearly 4,000 acres (1,600 hectares). The energy storage facility will have a capacity of more than 4,000 megawatts per hour.
The project will offset more than 1.8 million metric tons of emissions annually – the equivalent of 400,000 cars’ worth of emissions per year.
Sunseap and the Batam Indonesia Free Zone Authority, Badan Pengusahaan Batam, announced that they signed a memorandum of understanding on Monday for the floating solar farm. It will be financed through Sunseap capital and bank debt.
A portion of the energy generated from the floating solar farm will be used in Batam. The City of Batam, with a population of nearly 1.2 million, is the largest city in the Riau Islands province.
The rest could be exported to Singapore (pictured above from Batam) via a subsea cable.
The project’s construction is due to begin in 2022 and is expected to be completed in 2024.
Frank Phuan, cofounder and chief executive of Sunseap, told Reuters:
This single project will double our entire portfolio, more importantly build our capability towards hyperscale solar and energy storage projects.
Floating solar systems will go a long way to address the land constraints that urbanized parts of Southeast Asia face in tapping renewable energy.
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