Sunseap and Facebook sign agreement for Singapore solar from more than 1,200 rooftops to support data center operations
October 5, 2020
Sunseap Group, the Republic's leading solar energy company,
will supply Facebook with renewable energy to support the
tech company's operations in Singapore, including Facebook's
first custom-built data centre in Asia.
The transaction with Sunseap will help Facebook—one of the largest corporate purchasers of renewable energy globally—reach its goal of supporting its operations in the region with 100% renewable energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 75%.
This is a first-of-its-kind virtual power purchase agreement (VPPA) between Sunseap Group and Facebook and the largest in Singapore in terms of solar capacity under a VPPA. A VPPA is a contract structure in which a power buyer agrees to purchase a project's renewable energy for a pre-agreed price. The energy can be produced from a renewable energy project that is located away from a company’s premises, but co-located on the same grid. In this case, the renewable energy credits (RECs) that Facebook will receive will come from electricity produced from solar panels exported from Sunseap’s solar projects located on the rooftops of 1,200 public housing residential blocks and 49 government buildings across Singapore. It is expected that these rooftops could total 100MWp of solar capacity when fully completed in 2022.
Mr Lawrence Wu, President and Executive Director, Sunseap Group, said: "We are very excited to partner with Facebook to introduce virtual power purchase agreement to Singapore and the rest of the region. We believe VPPA is the way to go for enterprises as they accelerate efforts to add renewables to their energy mix. This is a game-changer in Asia's drive to decarbonise and fight climate change.
"Furthermore, companies that are constrained by a lack of space to install solar panels or those that require geographic flexibility will find a virtual contract eminently suitable for their needs."
"As part of our goal to support 100% of our operations with renewable energy, we want to help drive the energy transition and increase access to wind and solar power around the world," said Urvi Parekh, Head of Renewable Energy at Facebook. "This project will be an important part of successfully reaching our targets in the region, including supporting our data center operations with renewable energy, and we are thrilled to be partnering with Sunseap to add this new solar power to the Singapore grid.
Facebook designs, builds and operates some of the most efficient data center facilities in the world. As of today, Facebook has contracted for more than 5.4 gigawatts of new renewable energy in support of its global operations. This agreement will also support Facebook's offices in the region.
Sunseap is one of the largest developers in the region with a total contracted, completed and developmental asset project capacity of 1.7 GigaWatt-peak across Asia Pacific. It has a pipeline of projects in Australia, China, Taiwan, Japan and other parts of Southeast Asia, and successfully commissioned a 168 MWp solar farm in the Ninh Thuan province of Vietnam.
About Sunseap Group
Sunseap Group is a leading solar energy system developer, owner and operator in Singapore, with over 400 MegaWatt-peak (MWp) of solar energy projects contracted, of which more than 168 MWp have been completed on more than 1,500 buildings in Singapore including public housing estates, as well as commercial and industrial buildings. It operates through five key units: Sunseap Leasing, Sunseap International, Sunseap Energy, Sunseap Engineering and Sunseap Solutions.
Sunseap Leasing is the first and largest solar leasing company in Singapore. Sunseap International targets markets in the Southeast Asian and Pacific regions. These include solar farm in Vietnam with more than 170 MWp, and solar projects in Cambodia, China, Taiwan, Japan, Thailand and Malaysia. Sunseap Energy provides renewable energy solutions utilising off-site arrangements by drawing on solar systems within the Group’s portfolio of distributed generation assets. Sunseap Engineering provides engineering, procurement and construction as well as operation and maintenance services for PV projects. Sunseap Solutions focuses on energy efficiency solutions by providing services such as energy audits, lighting retrofitting and green roof systems.
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这项脸书与星生集团间的购电协议称为 VPPA (虚拟再生能源购售电契约)，此协议就总采购容量而言也堪称新加坡第一。VPPA (虚拟再生能源购售电契约) 是指采购方同意以一个固定费率购买某项目所产出的再生能源，但该项目设备不限于采购方所在地，可位于其他地方但须在同一电网中。透过此项协议，脸书将可从新加坡1200座公共住宅与49间政府机关太阳能屋顶获得再生能源，总发电量预计于2022年可达到100MWp。
星生集团总裁暨执行董事 Lawrence Wu 表示”我们非常高兴能透过此机会导入VPPA(虚拟再生能源购售电契约)，我们相信此种购电模式能加速企业运用再生能源，并成为亚洲去碳化与对抗气候变迁的重要推手” 。“除此之外，受限于空间配置无法架设太阳能板的企业，将发现VPPA(虚拟再生能源购售电契约)能大大满足他们的需求”。
脸书再生能源部门总监 Urvi Parekh 说道“我们的营运目标之一就是使用100%的再生能源。我们希望能够加速能源转型，促进全球风力与太阳能光电使用”, “这项合作案可说是脸书在区域内的重要里程碑，除了能支援资料处理中心，我们也很期待此次与星生集团的并网合作”。
星生集团为区域内最大的太阳能源开发商，在亚洲拥有总容量高达 1.7GWp 的太阳能项目。项目遍布澳洲、中国、台湾、日本与东南亚，近期位于越南宁顺的168MWp 案场则刚完成启用。
星生集团为新加坡太阳能建设维运的龙头企业，拥有总容量300 MWp以上的太阳能项目，其中分布于各公共住宅及商业建筑共 168 MWp 之项目已开始启用。集团拥有五大事业群: 星生租赁、星生国际、星生能源、星生工程以及星生方案。
星生租赁为新加坡首间也是规模最大的太阳能租赁企业。星生国际目标市场则为东南亚及环太平洋地区，在越南拥有168 MWp、印度 140MWp 以及柬埔寨10 MWp之太阳能案场。 星生能源则可依照企业需求，提供相应的再生能源减决方案。星生工程提供太阳能设备采购、建设及维运的整合系统服务。而星生方案则专注于节能规画，提供如节能咨询、灯具节电、绿能屋顶等服务。
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