Sembcorp Floating Solar Singapore, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sembcorp Industries (Sembcorp), and National Water Agency PUB, have officially opened the Sembcorp Tengeh Floating Solar Farm at the Tengeh Reservoir on July 14.

The solar farm, comprising 122,000 solar panels spanning across 45 hectares was officiated at a launch ceremony attended by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

The 60 megawatt-peak (MWp) solar photovoltaic (PV) farm is one of the world’s largest inland floating solar PV systems. 

According to a joint press release by Sembcorp and PUB, the solar farm makes Singapore one of the few countries in the world to have a 100% green waterworks system. The solar farm also contributes to the national goal of quadrupling solar energy deployment by 2025. 

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The electricity generated from the solar farm will be sufficient to power Singapore’s five local water treatment plants, offsetting about 7% of PUB’s annual energy needs and reducing PUB’s carbon footprint. 

“With this floating solar power plant, which we believe to be one of the largest in the world, PUB takes a big step towards enduring energy sustainability in water treatment. Solar energy is plentiful, clean and green, and is key to reducing PUB’s and also Singapore’s carbon footprint,” says Ng Joo Hee, chief executive of PUB.

Wong Kim Yin, group president & CEO of Sembcorp Industries, says: “The Sembcorp Tengeh Floating Solar Farm is a crown jewel in our portfolio, and a showcase for Singapore. As the leading homegrown renewable energy player, Sembcorp has over 3,300 megawatts of renewable energy assets around the world. We are committed, and have the track record and competencies, to support the Singapore Green Plan.” 

Construction of the floating solar PV system, which was designed, built, owned and operated by Sembcorp, began in August 2020.

Partnering with Quantified Energy Labs, a technology spinoff from the National University of Singapore, this project is also the first in the world to deploy advanced drone electroluminescence imaging technology on a utility-scale PV system.

As at 1.26pm, shares in Sembcorp Industries are trading flat at $2.13.

Photo: Sembcorp Industries