Joules Power has commissioned Bangladesh’s largest floating solar power plant with an installed capacity of 3.2 MW. The facility located in Kalalammi supplies electricity to a nearby rice mill.
Joules Power has completed a 2.3 MW floating solar project in Chapainawabganj district, Bangladesh.
The plant is located in a fish pond near Nawab Auto Rice Mills (Pvt.) Ltd. and supplies power to the plant through a power purchase agreement. Excess power is fed into the grid according to the country’s net metering system.
According to Bangladesh’s young power minister, Nasrul Hamid, the company plans to assess the project’s environmental impact. It will potentially expand with larger floating solar power plants in different regions of the country, Hamid said.
The project, which requires an investment of BDT 160 million ($1.5 million), uses floats from Sungrow, solar panels from JA Solar and an inverter from SMA Solar Technology. Joules Power is considering adding 20MW of floating solar capacity to the rice mill’s remaining ponds in the future.