SINGAPORE (June 18): Sembcorp Industries has signed a long-term agreement with Experia Events to install, own and operate rooftop solar panels with a total capacity of 6.3 megawatt peak, atop its flagship facility, Changi Exhibition Centre (CEC).

The rooftop solar energy system, which comprises of over 15,000 solar panels, will be built on top of the facility’s 40,000 square metre exhibition hall. It will help to power the onsite operations at CEC and any surplus power generated from this system will be channelled to the grid.

Upon completion and installation of the solar energy system in November 2019, it is expected to produce over 7,840 megawatt hours of power annually – which can sufficiently power more than 1,750 four-room HDB flats for a year.

In addition, the solar energy system will also help avoid over 3.2 million kilogrammes of carbon dioxide emissions a year, equivalent to the emissions avoided from taking around 715 cars off the road, or planting over 39,000 trees.

This is in line with the Sembcorp’s new climate change strategy which was unveiled last year, outlining ambitious targets to double its global renewables portfolio and reducing its carbon emission intensity by around 25% by 2022.

Koh Chiap Khiong, head of Singapore, Southeast Asia and China at Sembcorp says, “We are pleased to be Experia Events’ green energy partner and to add a rooftop solar power system on top of their flagship asset, Changi Exhibition Centre here. More and more companies are wanting to play a part in reducing their carbon footprint and Sembcorp is actively helping to enable their efforts in this, so that together we can contribute towards a more sustainable future for all.”

Leck Chet Lam, managing director of Experia Events, says, “With a growing concern for the environment, we readily embraced the idea of an alternative energy source for the running of our business operations; especially for a mega-complex such as the Changi Exhibition Centre.