Sembcorp and YCH complete rooftop solar farm on warehouse

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Energy player Sembcorp Industries and logistics provider YCH Group said on Friday that the installation of a 2.8 megawatt-peak rooftop solar farm has been completed.

“With the successful completion of Supply Chain City’s rooftop solar farm, YCH and Sembcorp will now look to power other YCH’s facilities with solar energy, in countries such as China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam,” the two companies said in a filing to SGX on Friday.

The solar farm, which is located on top of YCH’s 2 million square foot Supply Chain City facility, will be owned and operated by Sembcorp, the two companies said.

The system also includes Sembcorp’s new digital monitoring system in the same building, which will track the output at both Supply Chain City and at other solar projects in Singapore, enabling quick maintenance and troubleshooting, the filing said.

“This system makes the operation and maintenance of our solar assets more robust and enables us to have better visibility and certainty over their reliability,” Koh Chiap Khiong, head of energy for Singapore, Southeast Asia and China at Sembcorp, said in the statement.

The nearly 8,000 solar panels, which are expected to generate over 3,400 megawatt hours of power annually, will provide renewable energy for the building and its tenants under a long-term contract, with the surplus channeled to the grid, the filing said.

That’s enough to power more than 770 four-room public housing flats for a year and on a emissions basis, is the equivalent of taking nearly 320 cars off the road, it added.

In January, Sembcorp also set a rooftop solar deal with Cache Logistics Trust,and in November of 2018, it also entered a similar deal to put a solar farm on top of two Singapore facilities owned by a large global provider of energy industry products and services, which it didn’t name.

In addition, in September of 2018, Sembcorp signed a 20-year deal to supply Facebook with solar energy to support the tech giant’s operations in Singapore.

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