First phase of the first floating solar plant in Albania starts commercial operations

Norwegian state-owned electricity supplier Statkraft, in cooperation with Norwegian supplier Ocean Sun has started commercial operations at the first unit of its floating solar project in Albania. The facility is injecting the power into the Albanian national electricity grid.
The first unit, comprising 1.536 solar modules, has an installed capacity of 0.5 MW and covers almost 4,000 square meters. In addition, 160 equal modules have been placed on land for comparison and documentation of the cooling effect on the floating modules. The project is expected to continue its second implementation phase during the second half of 2021, whereby additional three floating units will be installed, with a combined additional capacity of 1.5 MW.
The project is placed at the Banja reservoir in Albania, where Statkraft is operating its 72 MW Banja hydropower plant. According to the company, Albania has one of the highest shares of renewable energy in Southeast Europe. Hydropower accounts for the largest share of the country's electricity generation, representing around 95 percent of its installed power capacity. In addition, Albania has some of Europe’s highest number of sunshine hours per year, presenting significant potential for the development of solar power.

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