Residents and businesses at Pulau Ubin can now enjoy cheaper, cleaner and more reliable electricity supply from a micro-grid incorporating biodiesel and solar photovoltaic (PV) technology. This is part of an EMA test-bed to assess the impact of intermittent energy sources like solar on grid operations.
Unlike conventional power generators which can provide a steady supply of electricity, solar is intermittent in nature as the amount of energy produced is dependent on weather conditions. In other countries, the increasing use of intermittent energy sources like solar and wind has resulted in power disruptions. This challenge needs to be carefully managed to ensure reliability of supply to consumers, especially when solar forms an increasing part of Singapore’s overall energy mix in future.
Witnessing the launch of the micro-grid on Pulau Ubin, Mr S Iswaran (Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office and Second Minister for Home Affairs and Trade & Industry) said, “The learning points from the test-bed will help to enhance our ability to manage intermittent energy sources. It will enable Singapore to maximize the amount of solar and other forms of renewable energy we can deploy when those technologies become commercially viable. This in turn will contribute to our long term goal of diversifying our energy mix and moving towards a sustainable energy future for Singapore.” Read more
By Woo Sian Boon, TODAY, 10 Oct 2013.
About 30 residents and business operators on Pulau Ubin have signed up for electricity from the Energy Market Authority’s micro-grid test bed, which was built to test the impact of renewable energy sources like solar energy on grid operations.
Renewable and greener sources of energy can be unreliable as they are dependent on weather conditions.
Electricity from the micro-grid is harnessed from biodiesel — derived from used cooking oil — and solar energy, and is cheaper, cleaner and more reliable than the generators islanders currently tap on.
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Record Number of Award Recipients at the National Energy Efficiency Partnership Awards 2013 [Press Release]
Singapore, 9 October 2013 – 10 companies, six public agencies and two individuals were recognised earlier today for their commitment to and achievements in energy efficiency at the Energy Efficiency National Partnership (EENP) Awards 2013 – the highest number of award recipients recorded since the inaugural launch of EENP Awards in 2011. (Refer to Annex A for information on the various EENP Awards)
2 The distinguished award recipients received the EENP Awards 2013 from Guest-of-Honour Ms Grace Fu, Minister, Prime Minister’s Office, Second Minister for the Environment and Water Resources and Second Minister for Foreign Affairs, at the opening of the National Energy Efficiency Conference (NEEC) 2013 on 9 October 2013. The winners this year come from a wide range of industries, including wafer fabrication, food manufacturing, pharmaceuticals and energy transformation, and have all achieved significant energy savings by investing in energy efficiency and management. Read more
By Leong Wai Kit, Channel NewsAsia, 29 Sep 2013.
Households in Singapore may soon be able to compare their utility bills against their neighbours’.
The Energy Market Authority (EMA) said this was one way to encourage people to be more energy efficient.
Currently, bills are compared against national average consumption.
EMA will work with Singapore Power (SP) in the next six months to look at ways to present information so that users can gauge their expenses against others.
For a start, they will test out the project with about 280,000 online SP accounts.
They hope to eventually roll it out to all 1.2 million families in Singapore.
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Source: Channel NewsAsia
Singapore 23 September 2013 – Phoenix Solar Pte Ltd (“Phoenix Solar”), an international photovoltaic system integrator, will design and construct a photovoltaic (PV) system with a rated capacity of at least 1.2MWp for C M M Marketing Management Pte Ltd (“CMM”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of mainboard-listed holding company, Sheng Siong Group Ltd (“Sheng Siong”).
CMM selected Phoenix Solar to build the PV system on its corporate headquarters and centralised distribution centre at 6 Mandai Link (“CMM Facility”). The PV system will occupy an area of approximately 11,000 m² (or about 118,400 square feet), exploiting its available roof area to the fullest extent. Upon completion within the year, this will be the largest PV system in Singapore. Read more