Floating solar power in the reservoir at Statkraft's hydropower plant in Banja, Albania.
Banja floating solar plant
Banja floating solar plant is an innovative project implemented in the reservoir of Statkraft’s Banja hydropower plant.
The pilot project of the Banja floating solar plant started implementation in 2020 and was completed early 2023.
The solar plant comprises four floating units of 0.5 MWp each, with a total installed capacity of 2 MWp. The floating units are anchored on the Banja reservoir, near the dam of the Banja hydropower plant. Each floating unit of 70 metre in diameter is comprised of a floating polyethylene ring pipe and an impermeable membrane, in which the solar panels are mounted.
The project is being implemented in cooperation with the Norwegian company Ocean Sun and with Albanian local contractors.
The total investment of this project is approximately EUR 2 million.