Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal to be partially solar-powered in June

SINGAPORE - The Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal will become Singapore's first partially solar-powered ferry terminal in June 2017, allowing it to offset at least 327 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually.

Under an agreement with the Sunseap Group, a licensed wholesaler (generation) and electricity retailer, the Singapore Cruise Centre (SCC) will buy all of the terminal's energy requirements through a combination of solar power and grid supply.

A 650 kiloWatt-peak (kWp) solar photovoltaic system developed by Sunseap will be placed atop the ferry terminal, which will fulfil about a third of its daytime energy requirements. Sunseap will also supply grid electricity to the terminal, it said in a release on Wednesday (March 1).

Said SCC chief executive Christina Siaw: "The deal with Sunseap will allow us to tap solar power but still be assured of stability of energy supply to keep our terminal running smoothly. At the same time, we are reducing (our) carbon footprint and achieving savings on our electricity bills."

The 20-year-old ferry terminal serves popular regional holiday destinations such as the Indonesian islands of Bintan and Batam.