According to the Asian Post, floating solar is an emerging technology. Solar panels are mounted on floating structures and placed on natural or man-made water bodies. Existing transmission systems in hydropower facilities can be utilized to store and distribute the electricity generated from the floating solar arrays.

In the October, 2018 market report on floating solar produced by the World Bank Group and the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS), it contained that combining hydropower and solar power outputs can help manage periods of low water availability by using solar capacity first and drawing on hydropower at night or during peak demand.

Tapping this emerging technology, the SN Aboitiz Power, committed to being the leading renewable energy provider decided to venture into the renewable solar power. Taking into consideration that one of the challenges in solar power plant development is the availability of land where the panels are to be erected, SNAP had instead chosen to adopt the Floating Solar Technology – a technology wherein a group or array of solar panels are placed on a structure that floats on a body of water.

With the approval of the National Irrigation Administration, SN Aboitiz Power was allowed to test the technology at a portion of the Magat Dam Reservoir. SNAP thus conducted Information Education Campaign (IEC) to inform the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and fisher folks of its 200kw Floating Solar, last February 11 and 15, 2019.

The key feature of the 200kW Floating Solar Project are as follows:

Project Location

Magat Reservoir, Ramon, Isabela




Circular Installation: 52 meters

Solar Panels          : 720 panels

Mooring                 : 4 pcs

Electrical cable from the installation to inverter (on-land)

Output Voltage

750 VDC (from panels to inverter)


Electrical Protections

Leakage current protection system (plant automatically trips if there is electrical problem)

IP 67-certified electrical installations (suitable for overwater and underwater use)

Intended use of power output

SNAP-Magat Station Use

The preparatory works are finished.

The rig assembly already arrived and welded.

The PV Cage/Ring was already placed at its exact location at the Magat Dam Reservoir, and the Membrane already installed on said PV Cage/Ring.

AC and DC pumps together with Inverters are already at site. May 20, 2019 is the possible date for installation of cables and inverter.

Awaiting the arrival of AC Cables and Solar Panels at site. The estimated schedule for panel installation will be on May 27, 2019.

The upcoming activities will also include the installation of conduits and cables at the Dam crest, and that there will be relocation of data center servers to make room for inverter installation.

The testing and commissioning date is projected to start on June 13, 2019.


Thursday, May 23, 2019