CapitaLand to Install 6 Rooftop Solar Plants in Singapore

CapitaLand will partner with Sembcorp Industries to install about 21,240 rooftop solar panels atop six CapitaLand properties by end 2019.

CapitaLand Rooftop Solar

CapitaLand will partner with Sembcorp Industries to install about 21,240 rooftop solar panels atop six of its properties by end 2019. The installation will form the largest combined rooftop solar facility in Singapore by a real estate company.

These solar farms can collectively generate around 10,292 megawatt-hours of energy. annually, equivalent to powering about 2,300 four-room Housing & Development Board. (HDB) flats each year. The six CapitaLand properties to install the solar panels are Changi Business Park Avenue, Changi South Street, Senoko South Road, Penjuru Lane, Techpoint and LogisTech. The properties are held under CapitaLand’s business space and industrial real estate investment trust (Reit), Ascendas Reit.

The energy generated through this renewable source will significantly lower the real estate agency’s carbon footprint. The combined rooftop solar facility will avoid over 4.3 million kg 2 of carbon emissions each year. These latest efforts will also bring the Group closer to its new sustainability targets to generate at least 20% energy consumption from renewable energy for its enlarged global portfolio by 2025. Furthermore, there is no installation cost incurred by the Group, making this initiative a good business case for sustainability.

Lynette Leong, Chief Sustainability Officer for CapitaLand Group, said, “CapitaLand is committed to growing our business in a sustainable manner, and this initiative is an example that sustainability can create value-add propositions. Following CapitaLand’s recent integration with Ascendas-Singbridge, we can now leverage a wider network of properties to contribute meaningfully towards sustainability. We are also exploring the use of Renewable Energy Certificates resulting from the excess energy generated by the solar panels installed at the six properties to offset the carbon emissions from CapitaLand’s corporate operations at its Singapore headquarters in Capital Tower and Galaxis and further review opportunities within our enlarged global portfolio to deploy clean energy technologies to power our real estate operations.”

In India, rooftop solar panels have also been installed across 17 buildings in International Tech Park in Bangalore, International Tech Park Chennai and Cybervale IT Park in Chennai. Collectively, the panels can generate over 2,750 megawatts hours of energy on a yearly basis and has resulted in an estimated reduction of close to 1.95 million kg in carbon emissions annually.

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Ayush Verma

Ayush is a staff writer at saurenergy.com and writes on renewable energy with a special focus on solar and wind. Prior to this, as an engineering graduate trying to find his niche in the energy journalism segment, he worked as a correspondent for iamrenew.com.

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