Public Utilities Board (PUB), Singapore, in its recent announcement has called for a tender to conduct advanced engineering studies for efficient deployment of floating solar PV (photovoltaic) systems in the Lower Seletar Reservoir and Bedok Reservoir. Reportedly, the Republic is aiming to replace some of its grid energy used for the water loop operations of the reservoirs with solar energy.
Sources reveal that PUB, the national water agency, is looking to power its energy intensive processes of water treatment in a potentially greener way. The water loop activities encompassing raw water pumping from reservoirs to waterworks, treatment of wastewater, and production of drinking water & desalinated water requires high energy throughput.
Ng Joo Hee, chief executive, PUB, was quoted stating that the agency is committed toward making its operations more environmentally sustainable. He further said that the more number of renewables PUB generates and uses, the smaller will be the carbon footprint, and greater will PUB’s contribution in Singapore’s effort toward climate change mitigation.
PUB said that the solar power will be generated through PV panels installed on the roof spaces of the current installations & on the reservoirs’ surfaces.
Industry experts deem that stringent governmental measures toward deploying sustainable energy sources have been significantly influencing the growth prospects of solar PV glass market. They further claim that the on-going program of rooftop installation has charted out a positive growth graph for the regional solar PV glass market and has considerably compelled the industry participants to enhance their product portfolio and supply chain activities.
According to reliable reports, PUB’s tender will be considering the detailed designs for a 1.5-megawatt peak (MWp) floating solar PV system at the Bedok Reservoir, while the Lower Seletar Reservoir will see a 1MWp floating solar PV system.
By having solar systems at both the reservoirs, estimates claim that PUB will be able to reduce 1.3 kilo tons of carbon dioxide every year, which is equivalent to taking off 270 cars from the road annually.