DEREX Unveils Pioneering Floating Solar Farm in Latvia: A Game-Changer in Renewable Energy


Harnessing the Sun’s Power on Water: DEREX’s Trailblazing Solar Endeavor in Latvia

               In an era where renewable energy is not just a choice but a necessity, DEREX is leading the way with a groundbreaking initiative: a floating solar farm in the heart of Latvia. This isn’t just any solar project; it’s a 2.1MW marvel set to revolutionize the way we think about energy production. Located in the picturesque city of Jurmala, this floating solar farm is more than just a feat of engineering; it’s a beacon of sustainable development. The project is dedicated to powering the Sloka wastewater treatment plant, operated by Jurmalas Udens. This facility, integral to the region, has long been a significant consumer of energy. However, with DEREX’s innovative approach, the Sloka plant is on the verge of an energy transformation.

               What makes this project truly stand out is its anticipated readiness by the end of 2023. The floating system, a brainchild of Sungrow, is not just a testament to modern technology but also a nod to environmental consciousness. It employs the RECOM Panther 550Wp Half Cut mono bifacial double glass frameless solar modules, a masterpiece from RECOM Technologies. These modules are not just state-of-the-art; they are a symbol of the fusion between technology and sustainability. The Sloka plant, historically responsible for 40% of Jurmalas Udens’s total energy expenses, is on the cusp of a new era. The installation of this solar station is a game-changer, empowering the facility to generate its own energy. This shift is significant not just in terms of cost savings but also in reducing dependency on the unpredictable energy market rates. It’s a step towards self-reliance and a testament to the power of green energy. Yulia Nikulina, the project manager and director of DEREX’s green energy division, sheds light on the uniqueness of this project. “Floating stations are yet to become popular in Latvia and the Baltic region, although they’re the safest option for our region’s fragile ecosystems,” she explains. These floating ‘islands’ do more than just generate power; they shield the water from excessive sunlight, curbing the growth of underwater vegetation and preserving the aquatic ecosystem’s balance and purity. Moreover, the water environment is an ideal setting for the solar panels themselves. The cooling effect of the water maintains a stable temperature, enhancing the efficiency of the panels. The use of bifacial panels, which absorb sunlight reflected off the water’s surface, further boosts the station’s performance.

               In conclusion, DEREX’s floating solar farm is not just a project; it’s a vision of a sustainable future. It’s a bold step towards energy independence, environmental conservation, and technological innovation. This endeavor is set to light up not just the Sloka wastewater treatment plant but also the path towards a greener, more sustainable world.







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