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Environment Ministry opens bid for largest floating PV system in Maldives

Ahmed Aiham
03 March 2020, MVT 10:01
The proposed renders for the floating solar PV systems to be developed in Addu Atoll. PHOTO: MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT
Ahmed Aiham
03 March 2020, MVT 10:01

Ministry of Environment announced the public tender to develop the largest floating photovoltaic (PV) systems in Addu Atoll under a design, build, finance, own, operate, and transfer basis.

Ministry of Environment and the World Bank through the joint Accelerating Renewable Energy Integration and Sustainable Energy (ARISE) Project is seeking contractors to install a 10 megawatt solar PV system. To account for geographical displacement, 9 megawatts will be installed on the Hithadhoo Harbour and one megawatt on Hulhumeedhoo's lagoon.

In addition to Addu, a grid-tied PV system with a total capacity of 21 megawatt will be developed in a total of five more atolls.

Applicants can submit for pre-qualification before March 12, 2020.

The current world's largest floating solar system rests on LUX* South Ari Atoll.

According to LUX*, the resort has a solar capacity of 678 kilowatt-peak, which can power all the villas during peak sun hours. LUX* saves over 260,000 litres of diesel annually.

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