Kimberly-Clarks Turns On Rooftop Solar Plant at Tuas Facility

The plant, which has been developed using 7,730 photovoltaic panels mounted on its roof will generate 3.5 Gigawatt-Hours (GWh) of clean energy, enough to power up a thousand 3-bedroom HDB flats for a year.

Kimberly Clark Singapore

American multinational personal care corporation, Kimberly-Clark has announced the commissioning of its solar installation at its manufacturing facility in Tuas, Singapore. The plant is being touted as one of the country’s largest solar energy installations.

The plant, which has been developed using 7,730 photovoltaic panels mounted on its roof will generate 3.5 Gigawatt-Hours (GWh) of clean energy, enough to power up a thousand 3-bedroom HDB flats for a year.

With this investment, renewable energy will now replace 15% of conventional energy use at the plant, reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) by approximately 1,600 metric tons per year. This is equivalent to removing nearly 350 passenger cars from roads annually.

Achal Agarwal, President, Kimberly-Clark Asia Pacific, said, “Our manufacturing operations in Singapore have long been recognized as a leader in environmental protection. Switching on this solar roof marks a new milestone in our sustainability journey and accelerates our progress towards our goal of achieving a 20% reduction in GHG emissions globally, by 2022.”

The solar roof panels were installed in partnership with Singapore-based solar energy provider Sunseap, which has played an instrumental role in the development of many grid-connected PV systems, pioneering the solar energy movement in Singapore.

“We are pleased to work with Kimberly-Clark in their efforts to go green. As the leading integrated clean energy solutions provider in Singapore, we encourage all companies to look for ways to be environmentally friendly in their business. There are various measures companies can take to reduce their carbon footprint including tapping renewable energy for their operations and going paperless in their day-to-day work,” said Frank Phuan, CEO and Executive Director, Sunseap Group.

Masagos Zulkifli, Singapore’s Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, was the guest of honour at the inauguration. He said, “I am glad to see enterprises such as Kimberly-Clark Corporation step up efforts to adopt renewable energy. Sustainable development is not just central to the mitigation of climate change and protection of the environment. When thoughtfully incorporated, it can benefit business operations and reduce costs in the long run.”

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Ayush Verma

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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