Filipino firm pilots 200-KW floating solar power in Magat Dam

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SN Aboitiz Power Magat (SNAP-Magat)’s first floating solar power project sits on a portion of Magat dam. Image: PNA Renewable energy generator SN Aboitiz Power-Magat (SNAP-Magat) has switched on its 200-kilowatt pilot floating solar power project, the first of its kind in the country, which the company hopes to expand to a commercial capacity after a 10-month testing period. “This is the first non-hydro renewable energy (RE) project of SNAP, which is looking at other renewables and complementary technologies to expand the company’s renewable energy portfolio,” said Joseph Yu, SN Aboitiz Power (SNAP) president and chief executive officer. During the pilot run, the project will initially be used to power the Magat hydropower plant. After the 10-month stress test and if the project proves to be able to withstand massive inflows and strong typhoons, the company will develop it to a bigger facility that can add up to the Luzon grid’s power needs. “If successful, SNAP will look into scaling up the project so that the power generated may contribute to its renewable energy capacity and to the country’s energy security,” Yu said. The company operates the SNAP-Magat located on the borders of Isabela and Ifugao provinces. It produces […]

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