Enabling Floating Solar (FPV) Deployment: Policy and Operational Considerations

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Floating solar photovoltaics, or "floating PV", offer an opportunity for scaling up the deployment of renewable energy on inland and offshore bodies of water. Floating PV presents the opportunity to: increase clean energy generation to help meet growing demand; lessen the potential for land-use conflicts; help existing hydropower systems optimize their operation; and adapt to increasing temperatures and drought events by reducing the rate of evapotranspiration of waterways. There is significant promise for floating PV deployment in several Southeast Asian countries, especially those rich in hydropower resources, such as Laos and Thailand, but deployment remains limited. This slide deck presents an overview of NREL's research on (1) the policy, economic, environmental, and cultural barriers that currently exist, (2) recently completed modeling exercise on the potential operational benefits of pairing floating PV and hydropower, (3) international best practices that can be adopted to Southeast Asia, and (4) plans for high-resolution floating PV technical potential assessment.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages18
StatePublished - 2022

Publication series

NamePresented at the Asia Clean Energy Forum, 14-17 June 2022

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/PR-7A40-83228


  • Asia Clean Energy Forum
  • barriers
  • best practices
  • deployment
  • floating solar
  • FPV
  • hybrid
  • hydropower
  • operational considerations
  • policy
  • research
  • Southeast Asia


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