Sri Lanka’s government is to launch a tender process to develop a 100 MW floating solar power plant in the Maduru Oya reservoir.
The solar power plant will cover 4% of the surface area of the reservoir which is spread over an area of 500 acres.
The country will also allocate funds for a training project for prototype manufacturing of solar panels.
This is the first step in a previously approved wider plan to set up floating PV plants on various dams and reservoirs across Sri Lanka. The project is in line with the government’s plans to generate 20% of overall electricity needs from renewable energy sources by 2020.
The popularity of floating plants is increasing in Asia. Japan recently striated construction works on an1.5 MW floating solar system in Kagawa prefecture. It is expected to have an estimated annual output of around 1.87 million kWh.