Sin­ga­pore takes big so­lar step

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In June, in­dus­trial gi­ant 3M un­veiled one of the big­gest rooftop so­lar farms in Sin­ga­pore atop its Tuas man­u­fac­tur­ing plant, rep­re­sent­ing not only a sprawl­ing new power source for the global sci­ence com­pany, but also a ban­ner pro­ject that the govern­ment hopes would em­bolden other firms to fol­low suit.

“This ini­tia­tive to utilise rooftop space which would oth­er­wise have been un­used to gen­er­ate cleaner forms of en­ergy to power its man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­ity is an ex­am­ple of how com­pa­nies can max­imise re­sources,” said Amy Khor, se­nior min­is­ter of state for the En­vi­ron­ment and Wa­ter Re­sources.

The 14,000 square me­tre so­lar farm can gen­er­ate an av­er­age of 2.4 GWH of elec­tric­ity an­nu­ally through its 6,605 so­lar pan­els and 55 in­vert­ers. The fa­cil­ity sits atop 3M’s ma­jor man­u­fac­tur­ing plant in Tuas and can power over 500 four-bed­room flats.

The so­lar farm is pro­jected to lower car­bon diox­ide emis­sions by 1,139 met­ric tonnes a year, in line with 3M’s ef­forts to boost re­new­able en­ergy use to 25% of its to­tal elec­tric­ity use by 2025.

Un­der the Sus­tain­able Sin­ga­pore Blue­print, the city-state is tar­get­ing to boost so­lar pen­e­tra­tion rates and so­lar power adop­tion in the coun­try’s en­ergy sys­tem to 350 MWP by 2020, or about 5% of to­tal pro­jected peak elec­tric­ity de­mand.“the switch to cleaner forms of en­ergy will make our econ­omy greener and grow our green econ­omy at the same time. I am glad that com­pa­nies in Sin­ga­pore like 3M are adopt­ing so­lar en­ergy and con­tribut­ing to­wards greater re­source ef­fi­ciency and a greener econ­omy,” Khor said.

Ear­lier in April, Euro­pean so­lar pho­to­voltaic panel maker REC

Group also broke ground for its own in­dus­trial so­lar rooftop in­stal­la­tion in its fac­tory in Tuas. Pro­jected to go on grid in Au­gust, the new so­lar in­stal­la­tion is set to be­come one of Sin­ga­pore’s big­gest that will feed around 2.6 GWH an­nu­ally into Sin­ga­pore’s elec­tric­ity grid, enough to power 550 HDB four­room apart­ments, and will save

1,400 tonnes of car­bon emis­sions ev­ery year. “We want to see more com­pa­nies think and speak car­bon,” said Khor, cit­ing the govern­ment’s Cli­mate Ac­tion Plan which out­lines strate­gies to build a low-car­bon and cli­mate-re­silient Sin­ga­pore through im­prov­ing en­ergy ef­fi­ciency and in­vest­ment in so­lar en­ergy and other low-car­bon tech­nolo­gies.

The 14,000 square me­tre so­lar farm can gen­er­ate an av­er­age of 2.4 Gwh of elec­tric­ity an­nu­ally through its 6,605 so­lar pan­els and 55 in­vert­ers.

3M’s so­lar roof in Tuas

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