Australia launches first floating solar power plant

Australia’s first floating solar plant has been launched in Jamestown, South Australia, and the application will begin supplying power to a waste-water treatment facility.

The plant floats on sewerage water of the Northern Areas Council facility, and at its full scale it will cover five basins of water in Jamestown and Gladstone.

Infratech Industries, the Sydney-based project developer, is developing the $9.5 million 4MW photovoltaic system as its showcase project.

Estimates suggest that the floating solar plant generates about 57 per cent more power than land-based systems, and could be enough to meet the electricity demands of the entire facility.

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