Towards decarbonisation30 June 2022
/ Sentosa embarks on large-scale deployment of PV cells to harness solar energy /
Sentosa is an over 200-hectare island just off Singapore’s southern coast managed by Sentosa Development Corporation (SDC, an organization under the Ministry of Trade and Industry of the Government of Singapore) and its name means “peace and tranquillity” in Malay.
Over the course of its remarkable history, Sentosa has transformed into a beloved island resort, best known for its tropical beaches, luxurious hotels, world-renowned golf courses and thrilling attractions. Making Sentosa its home is also Singapore’s first integrated resort, Resorts World Sentosa (RWS), which operates South East Asia’s first Universal Studios theme park.
Sentosa’s commitment to environmental protection and sustainability is so great that the island’s community aims at becoming a carbon-neutral destination by 2030 and a globally recognized, certified sustainable tourism destination.
SDC and RWS have recently announced that they are set to install solar panels at 18 sites across the island. On June 15 SDC launched a tender for the installation of photovoltaic cells at 7 sites such as Palawan Kidz City, Beach Station, as well as the 3 Sentosa Line cable car stations.
Separately, RWS will begin the installation of new photovoltaic cells this month at 11 sites on its premises, including Universal Studios Singapore and Hard Rock Hotel Singapore’s rooftops. These will quadruple RWS’s existing solar network which already hosts one of the largest solar photovoltaic systems in Singapore’s hospitality sector.
Collectively, the solar panels at the 18 new sites will cover about 2.5 hectares, with a solar capacity of 3.094 megawatt-peak (MWp) that can produce 3,871,500 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of clean energy annually when fully installed by 2023. This will result in an overall reduction of 1,643 tCO2 per year, equivalent to the carbon generated by 60,000 hotel room nights.
SDC is also studying other sources of renewable energy, including tidal energy and waste-to-energy generators as part of long-term strategies to achieve carbon neutrality. Overall, Sentosa targets to power 10% of the island’s electricity usage through onsite renewable energy by 2030.
“Solar is one of the most viable renewable sources of energy for Sentosa and Singapore,” said Ms Thien Kwee Eng, CEO, SDC. “However, one challenge is how precincts can optimise underutilised spaces to…
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Photos Courtesy: Resorts World Sentosa
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