The feasibility studies for the large-scale implementation of floating solar farms (FSF) at 17 impounding reservoirs, and more specifically the FSF at Plover Cove Reservoir, and the implementation of floating photovoltaic (FPV) systems in two major rivers in Hong Kong have paved the way to meet the government’s new “Green Energy Target” to enable the city to be better prepared for coping with climate change and achieving its carbon footprint reduction. The siting of FPV systems on water bodies saves valuable land resources. Other benefits include the natural cooling effect of the water bodies that enhances the photovoltaic efficiency, helps Hong Kong to save water from evaporation and improves water quality by suppressing algae growth.
Binnies was appointed engineering consultant to the Water Supplies Department and the Drainage Services Department for all-round assessments of implementing FPV systems against significant economic, social and environmental factors, including risks associated with typhoons. We identified suitable sites and optimal power capacities and investigated the possible ways of utilising the energy generated, taking into consideration commercial models, stakeholder views and the resilience of photovoltaic systems, for the implementation of the FPV project.