Sembcorp, Cache Logistics complete rooftop solar project installation

Sembcorp dragon boat team at DBS Marina Regatta on 2 June 2019.Sembcorp dragon boat team at DBS Marina Regatta on 2 June 2019.

Sembcorp Industries’ installation of an 8.0 megawatt-peak rooftop solar farm on three of Cache Logistics Trust’s logistics warehouses has been completed, with the systems connected to Cache’s facilities and in operation, the two companies said Friday.

The solar farm, with over 21,000 solar panels will provide renewable energy for Cache’s warehouses at Commodity Hub, Pandan Logistics Hub and Cache Changi DistriCentre 1, with any surplus power channeled to the grid, the two companies said in a filing to SGX.

“Our leading-edge position as one of the major solar players in Singapore is driven by our commitment to provide our customers the highest quality and speed in execution of our projects,” Jen Tan, senior vice president of business development for the Singapore solar energy division at Sembcorp, said in the statement. The project was initially announced in January.

Daniel Cerf, CEO of ARA Trust Management (Cache), the trust’s manager, said the solar farm project was a “significant milestone” for the company’s green initiatives.

“Together with ARA Group, we are committed to ensuring that our businesses are conducted in a responsible and sustainable manner,” Cerf said in the statement. “We will continue to explore opportunities where we can improve our sustainability, including further solar panel installations at our other properties, and look forward to the potential of partnering with Sembcorp in this regard.”

The panels are expected to generate more than 10,000 megawatt hours of green power each year, or enough energy to power more than 2,000 four-room public housing apartments for a year, the filing said. The installation is expected to avoid more than 4 million kilograms of carbon dioxide emissions a year, the equivalent of taking nearly 900 cars off the road, the filing said.

The installation on Commodity Hub is Singapore’s largest operating rooftop solar facility so far, with around 6.3 megawatts in peak capacity, the filing said.

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