SEOUL, Oct. 25 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s state-utility firm said Thursday it has built a 3.5-megawatt floating solar farm on waters located at a coal-fired power plant to produce clean energy.
The Korea East-West Power Co. (EWP) said it has installed solar panels on water near a coal ash deposit site at the Dangjin power station, 120 kilometers south of Seoul.
The solar facility is capable of annually producing electricity for 1,600 households and will reduce 1,700 tons of greenhouse gas emissions when compared with coal power generation, the company said.
“The latest solar farm uses unused space and can prevent the environmental degradation that comes from building a power plant,” EWP said. It said such facilities cause minimum conflict with local residents.
The subsidiary of the Korea Power Electric Co. has 434 megawatts of renewable energy capacity and aims to increase its ratio to total power generation to 25 percent by 2030.