Operations begin at world’s largest port-based solar system

Solar systems are popping up in many different places nowadays, and today a system designed to power Singapore’s large Jurong Port is being put into operation. The impressive array will offset over 60% of the port’s electricity requirement, which will enable it to reduce 5,200 tonnes of CO2 emissions a year.

Sunseap Leasing, a subsidiary of Singapore’s leading solar energy system developer, owner and operator Sunseap Group, collaborated with the port to develop the 76,000 m2 system, that sits proud on top of the warehouses at the Jurong Port. The 9.5 MWp system has an estimated annual generation capacity of over 12 million kWh, making it the biggest port-based system in the world.

The Jurong Port proudly claims that it is a leader in environment sustainability in the transportation and logistics industry, backing up its claims with this system, which will also export any excess energy it generates to the national grid. “I am delighted that Jurong Port and Sunseap have successfully collaborated to bring this project to fruition,” commented CEO of Jurong Port, Mr Ooi Boon Hoe. “We will continue in our green efforts and look for other opportunities to enhance our sustainability efforts.”

It is not the first eye-catching solar project that Sunseap has been involved in in Singapore, as just last year the company partnered with U.S. tech giant Apple, for the Sunseap to supply a 1.1 MW array and 800 solar rooftop systems to the company in Singapore. The impressive selection systems will supply 100% of Apple’s energy requirements within Singapore.

“Sunseap is pleased to work with Jurong Port,” commented Frank Phuan, director of Sunseap. “It was our first time working on a project of this scale locally and we were faced with the challenge of large-scale coordination, including logistics and manpower deployment.”