Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal will be Singapore’s first solar-powered ferry terminal (Image: Singapore Cruise Centre)
Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal (TMFT) is to become Singapore’s first solar-powered ferry terminal in June 2017.
Terminal operator Singapore Cruise Centre (SCC) has struck a deal to buy 100% of TMFT’s energy from Sunseap Group, a licenced wholesaler and electricity retailer.
As part of the hybrid offer, Sunseap will develop a 650 kiloWatt-peak solar photovoltaic system that will be placed on top of the ferry terminal to produce a third of TMFT’s required daytime energy. The wholesaler will also supply supplementary energy via grid electricity.
“Sunseap is always looking for ways to make the adoption of clean energy a smooth transition for our clients,” said Frank Phuan, co-founder and firector of Sunseap Group. “The hybrid offer gives us more flexibility to devise an attractive offer for our clients.”
Predictions suggest that the solar photovoltaic system will enable TMFT to offset at least 327 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually.
“As Singapore’s leading operator of cruise and ferry terminals, SCC believes in embracing sustainability in our operations and harnessing technology to do so whenever possible,” said Christina Siaw, SCC’s CEO. “The deal with Sunseap will allow us to tap solar power, but still be assured of stability of energy supply to keep our terminal running smoothly. At the same time, we are reducing carbon footprint and achieving savings on our electricity bills.”