Floating solar power projects can now be done at NIA sites
The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) has opened its dams and reservoirsfor floating solar power project.
This, as the SN Aboitiz Power Group has already proposed a water-based solar power project in Magat Dam in Isabela which features solar panels fixed to floats on the water surface.
The company will particularly conduct a 2,500-square meter pilot project over the Magat reservoir, a small-scale preliminary study prior to the performance of the large-scale project. The floating solar power project size is yet to be decided after the study.
According to NIA, the result of its research shows that this water-based solar power project is more beneficial than the land-based one which converts large portion of agricultural lands into solar plants, making irrigable farmlands smaller.
This results to the decrease in food production and poses a threat to the country’s food security.
“Instead of indulging into land-based solar project, NIA thus offers its dams and reservoirs for the water-based project which can achieve the same purpose of increasing power production while saving agricultural lands,” NIA said in a statement.
The agency then said that aside from Magat Dam, there are still other big dams in the country which can also be installed with floating solar power plant, such as the Pantabangan Dam and Casecnan Dam in Nueva Ecija.