Genting Singapore’s Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) is partnering with the Sentosa Development Corporation (SDC) to install solar panels at 18 sites across Sentosa Island, with the aim of generating 10% of the island’s energy needs. 2030.
The partnership will see RWS begin installing solar panels this month at 11 sites across its premises, including the rooftops of Universal Studios Singapore and Hard Rock Hotel Singapore. Along with an additional site at RWS’ warehouse at Pandan Green Gardens, the new sites will quadruple RWS’ existing solar array which already hosts one of the largest solar PV systems in Singapore’s hospitality sector, the company said. This, he added, forms a key part of RWS’ sustainability master plan and decarbonization strategy as it advances its efforts to boost sustainable tourism.
Meanwhile, the SDC is inviting tenders for the installation of solar panels at seven sites on Sentosa Island, such as Palawan Kidz City, Beach Station, and the three Sentosa Line cable car stations.
This is the first time that roofs with different tenures have been brought together in a single tender in Singapore – tenure referring to how long each roof is available for installations based on considerations such as building plans development and renovation of each building. The locations were selected considering the availability of sufficient sunlight and an unobstructed customer experience, the SDC explained.
Due to be completed by 2023, the 18 new sites will cover a combined area of 2.5 hectares and produce 3,871,500 kilowatt hours (kWh) of clean energy per year. The resulting reduction in carbon emissions will be equivalent to that generated by 60,000 hotel nights.
“There is much to look forward to in the future of Sentosa as the district makes a collective effort to embrace sustainability,” said RWS CEO Tan Hee Teck.
“The transition to renewable energy is an important way to combat climate change and is an integral part of RWS’ decarbonization strategy. Our goal is to accelerate our transition to next-generation renewable energy that includes solar, wind, tidal and kinetic power through applied research and testbeds at RWS, which will then be adapted for scalability in a variety of environments within our complex. All of this will culminate in RWS’ goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2030.”
SDC CEO, Ms. Thien Kwee Eng, added, “Solar power is one of the most viable renewable energy sources for Sentosa and Singapore. However, a challenge is how constituencies can optimize underutilized spaces to harness the potential of solar power. The deployment of photovoltaic cells at Sentosa properties through a consolidated approach, including different rooftops of varying sizes and occupancies, is an illustration of how we can collaborate as a business ecosystem to exploit such opportunities.
“Using this approach, the initiative will take us one step closer to a sustainable leisure destination with a lower carbon footprint.”