Solar Pioneer Awards


October 24, 2012

The fourth Solar Pioneer Awards recognised four solar installation projects for their efforts during the PV Asia Pacific Expo & Conference taking place at the Singapore International Energy Week 2012.

Organised by Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), the yearly Awards focus on innovation content, design, effectiveness and contribution to skills development of the projects. Sharing the accolades at the awards ceremony on Wednesday were:

K-Green Trust
Awarded for: 1MWp grid-tied solar PV system at Ulu Pandan NEWater plant

Located at the plant’s vast rooftop area of 10,000 sqm and consisting of more than 4,000 solar panels, this system is capable of producing 1,000-1,200MWh per annum, making it currently the largest system in a single location in Singapore and the first renewable energy system in the city-state to power water recycling.

Greenpac (S)
Awarded for: Greenhub Facility

Implemented at a roof area of 2,000sqm and producing at 326.5kWp, the PV system at Greenpac’s new Greenhub Facility is estimated to generate 408,000kWh annually. This offsets more than 20 percent of the building’s total electricity consumption and is equivalent to a carbon offset of about 200 metric tonnes.

Sunseap Leasing
Awarded for: Solar leasing on Sakae Building

The 270kWp Solar PV system via solar leasing arrangement is estimated to generate 315.36MWh annually. The project will be integrated by Sunseap Leasing on the roof of the Sakae Building at 28 Tai Seng Street.

Cambridge Industrial Trust
Awarded for: Solar Installation on 30 Toh Guan Road

As part of its sustainability effort, Cambridge Industrial Trust is installing a 150kWp Solar PV system by a solar leasing agreement on the roof of its building on 30 Toh Guan Road. It is expected to generate 175MWh annually. Cambridge Industrial Trust aims to achieve a Green Mark Certificate for all its industrial and commercial properties.

Besides the four award-winning projects, the Awards ceremony also featured three presentations. On solar adoption:

• Goh Chee Kiong, Director (Cleantech), EDB, shared Singapore’s development experience as a global clean energy hub.

• Tong Kok Kwong, Senior Principal Engineer from the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), presented the varsity’s Campus Masterplan and 5MW solar project.

• Dr Thomas Reindl, Director of PV System at the Soar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS), revealed that the organization is releasing its latest funding and achievement in optimising the PV system.

Andrew Tan, CEO of the National Environment Agency (NEA), told the audience that while solar adoption is compulsory for Singapore, financing as well as performance and efficiency remain the key issues for solar energy.

Article published by: Future Ready Singapore