Asia Pacific Breweries Singapore's solar panels to cut carbon emissions by 1,500 tonnes a year

Asia Pacific Breweries Singapore is expected to reduce its yearly carbon emission by 1,500 tonnes with a new rooftop solar power system.
Asia Pacific Breweries Singapore is expected to reduce its yearly carbon emission by 1,500 tonnes with a new rooftop solar power system. ST PHOTO: YEO KAI WEN
Ms Low Yen Ling (second from right), Parlimentary Secretary for Trade and Industry and Education, was the guest of honour at the launch. 
Ms Low Yen Ling (second from right), Parlimentary Secretary for Trade and Industry and Education, was the guest of honour at the launch. ST PHOTO: YEO KAI WEN

SINGAPORE - Asia Pacific Breweries Singapore (APBS) is expected to reduce its yearly carbon emission by 1,500 tonnes with a new rooftop solar power system.

About 2.3 million kilowatt-hours of clean energy will be produced annually by the system, provided by Renewable Energy Corporation (REC). This is enough to power 600 four-room HDB households.

Unveiled officially on Thursday, the installation will help APBS, which produces beers such asTiger, Heineken and Guinness Stout, to reduce its carbon footprint by about 20 per cent.

The system comes under a Power Purchase Agreement in which REC absorbs the investment and maintenance costs of installing the solar system, and APBS pays for the consumed solar energy generated at a rate fixed for the next 25 years.

Mr Kenneth Choo, managing director of Heineken Asia Pacific, said: "We hope this partnership will pave the way for the future adoption of clean energy initiatives within the various commercial industries."

Ms Low Yen Ling, Parlimentary Secretary for Trade and Industry and Education, guest-of-honour at the launch, said: "We hope that this will pave the way for other business to follow suit.

"This is an example of the range of opportunities that are available to companies embracing sustainability, as well as for those in the clean energy industry."

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