Hanwha Q Cells selected to build 41 MW floating solar power plant in dam

Lim Chang-won Reporter() | Posted : November 12, 2020, 10:21 | Updated : November 12, 2020, 10:21

This file image shows a floating power plant. [Courtesy of Korea Rural Community Corporation]

SEOUL -- Hanwha Q Cells, a major photovoltaic manufacturer in South Korea, has been selected to build a 41-megawatt floating solar power plant in a multipurpose dam in Hapcheon, 240 kilometers (149 miles) southeast of Seoul.

Under a deal with K-Water, a state water resource development and management agency, Hanwha Q Cells said that construction would begin before the end of 2020. "Floating solar power generation facilities, which produce eco-friendly electricity using the idle water surface, is the best solution to utilize limited national territory," said CEO Kim Hee-cheul.

In an effort to reduce the use of fossil fuel and nuclear power for electricity generation, South Korea is gradually switching to renewable energy sources. Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power (KHNP), the state-run operator of nuclear power plants, will build a 300 MW floating solar power station in Saemanguem, an artificial reservoir created by a giant seawall on South Korea's southwest coast.
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