Connect with us

Environment

Thailand now generating electricity at world’s biggest hydro-solar farm

Neill Fronde

Published

 on 

PHOTO: Sirindhorn Dam, the largest hydro-solar farm in the world. (via Thailand Business News)
image
image

As part of Thailand’s push to become a carbon-neutral country by 2050, the world’s largest hydro-solar hybrid energy farm has officially gone online and is now generating electricity. The solar farm floats atop the Sirindhorn Dam in Ubon Ratchathani and is as big as 70 football fields.

The massive installation floats on Sirindhorn Reservoir along Lam Dom Noi River, about 660 km east of Bangkok. The farm generates electricity both by harnessing the power of the sun in its solar panels, and generating electricity from the water that it’s floating on with 3 turbines converting the water’s flow into energy.

The energy-generating complex is the largest hybrid system of its kind in the world. 7 solar farms have been built over 300 acres using 144,417 solar panels. The platforms were originally predicted to produce 45 megawatts of electricity. This launch is part of 16 projects in the works on Thai reservoirs around the country that are forecast to create a combined total of 2.7 gigawatts of electricity.

The project cost 1.11 billion baht to complete and officially joined the electrical grid on October 31. The government department the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand confirms that the world’s largest hydro-solar hybrid farm will begin to move energy production away from the current largest source in Thailand, natural gas, with the hopes of massively reducing Thailand’s reliance on non-renewable energy.

Thailand actually set the deadline to become a carbon-neutral country and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2065, but PM Prayut Chan-o-cha made a pledge at the United Nations Climate Change Conference this month to reach the goal by 2050. Last year, hydropower, solar, and wind combined made up less than 10% of the power generation in Thailand, while almost two-thirds of the country’s power was generated by natural gas.

EGAT Hydro-Solar Dam

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

Thailand now generating electricity at world's biggest hydro-solar farm | News by Thaiger

 

Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forum
🔔 Subscribe to our daily newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join for daily shows
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🐦 FOLLOW us on Twitter
📷 FOLLOW us on Instagram

Neill is a journalist from the United States with 10 years broadcasting experience and national news and magazine publications. He graduated with a degree in journalism and communications from the University of California and has been living in Thailand since 2014.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Chon Buri3 hours ago

Baby elephant rescued after being shot in the shoulder while leg caught in trap

Coronavirus World3 hours ago

US introduces new restrictions for international arrivals from Monday

Crime3 hours ago

Junior police officer facing attempted murder for allegedly shooting at a Bangkok bus

Sponsored2 days ago

Hungry Hub Bangkok Rooftop Festival 2021

advertiseadvertise
Coronavirus World3 hours ago

AirAsia boss accuses governments of overreacting to Omicron threat

World4 hours ago

5 Omicron cases reported in South Korea

Coronavirus World4 hours ago

No vaccine, no entry: Germany gets tough on those who refuse to get vaccinated

image
Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Video5 hours ago

Thailand Top Stories | ‘Overreaction’ to Omicron, trillion Baht boost for Thailand | Dec 3

Thailand5 hours ago

Alcohol restrictions ease, Events in Thailand, High speed railways | Good Morning Thailand | Ep.145

Coronavirus (Covid-19)5 hours ago

Lockdown not on the cards, but re-opening nightlife may be postponed: PM

South19 hours ago

Soldier suspended from duty after allegedly killing a woman in Narathiwat

Southeast Asia20 hours ago

Myanmar junta criticises UN’s decision for denying its envoy

Thailand20 hours ago

Thailand News Today | High alert for Omicron, Foreign investment troubles for Thailand | Dec 2

Pattaya20 hours ago

Police arrest man for allegedly attacking and robbing a Russian woman in Pattaya

Coronavirus (Covid-19)20 hours ago

Thursday Covid Update: 4,971 new cases; provincial totals

North East21 hours ago

Alcohol restrictions ease in some Nakhon Ratchasima districts, tourism scheme launches

Thailand3 months ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism9 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism9 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism9 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand11 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand11 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand11 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand11 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand11 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand11 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand11 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand11 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Trending