Sunseap Group has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with BP Batam for building a floating solar farm on 1600 hectares of Indonesia's Batam island.
Muhammad Rudi, Chairman of BP Batam, said: "This investment by Sunseap will be a timely boost for Batam's industries as they seek to reduce the carbon footprint of their operations. At the same time, it will create jobs and transfer skills to Batam's clean energy sector."
The generated energy will be consumed in Batam, with the remainder probably being exported to Singapore through a subsea cable some 50 kilometers distant.
This project is scheduled to start in 2022 and be finished by 2024. Duriangkang Reservoir is Batam's largest reservoir, with 101.2 million m3 of saltwater bay sustaining more than half of the island's freshwater supply. The solar panels on the reservoir would keep the water inside the pool, prevent evaporation, and keep the board cold, generating more clean energy.
According to a press release by BP Batam, Rudi said the project would begin in 2021 with the preparation of permits and the first study for execution in the ''Duriangkang reservoir inundation.''
On July 14, Singapore inaugurated Sembcorp Tengeh Floating Solar Farm, one of the world's largest floating solar panel farms, stretching 45 hectares (45 football fields) and generating enough electricity to run the island's five water treatment plants. The farm is part of the Singapore government's plan to double solar energy production by 2025 to mitigate climate change.
We conclude that the assertion, ''world's largest floating solar farm is being built in Singapore'' is false because the floating photovoltaic system in Indonesia is projected to cover 1600 hectares. In contrast, the Sembcorp Tengeh Floating Solar Farm in Singapore is spread up to 45 hectares. One of the world's largest floating solar panel farms has been unveiled in Singapore, but the world largest will be built in Indonesia.