The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) aims to increase its power generation capacity from floating solar farms at its nine hydropower plants to 10 gigawatts by 2037, with investment of almost 300 billion baht.
The government earlier approved Egat’s plan to develop 2,725 megawatts from floating solar farms at the nine dams.
Egat is waiting for approval of its capacity expansion from a committee drafting the 2023 national power development plan, said Boonyanit Wongrukmit, governor of Egat.
The authority already finished developing its first floating solar farm, with a capacity of 45MW, at the Sirindhorn Dam in the northeastern province of Ubon Ratchathani.
Egat is building a second floating solar farm with a capacity of 24MW at the Ubonrattana Dam in Khon Kaen, also in the Northeast. This project includes the installation of an energy storage system and weather forecasting equipment to ensure more stable power supply from the solar farm, said Mr. Boonyanit.