Overwhelming customer response to green scheme

Local | Jane Cheung 29 Aug 2019

CLP Power has received over 4,300 applications for the Feed-in Tariff Scheme, which is expected to generate renewable electricity equivalent to the annual consumption of 15,000 households.

It translates to a reduction in carbon emissions of around 30,000 tonnes a year - the amount of carbon dioxide absorbed by 130 million trees in a year.

The power supplier for Kowloon, New Territories, Lantau and outlying islands yesterday said as of last month, it had approved more than 80 percent of applications.

The applicants are expected to provide 62 gigawatt hours of green energy annually.

CLP customers who have installed solar or wind power systems at their premises and connected them to the company's grid can earn payments from CLP at a rate between HK$3 and HK$5 per unit depending on the capacity of the customers' green energy systems.

Applicants have installed solar panels measuring more than 330,000 square meters - the size of 47 football pitches.

Cathay Pacific Catering Services has installed 828 solar panels totaling 3,000 square meters on the rooftops of two buildings.

"When their solar energy systems are completed and get connected to CLP Power's grid in late September, it is expected to generate 320,000 kilowatt hours of electricity a year," CLP said.

Public and private housing estates have also embraced the scheme, with Tsui Chuk Garden in Wong Tai Sin installing nearly 600 panels on the roofs of 14 buildings.

The panels were connected to CLP's grid last month and is expected to generate about 180,000 kilowatt hours of electricity a year.

To educate students about renewable energy and sustainability, primary and secondary schools have also signed up for the scheme, including Bishop Hall Jubilee School.

The Kowloon Tong secondary school installed 144 rooftop solar panels, which will generate 57,000 kilowatt hours of electricity each year, with part of the proceeds to be used to promote environmental and STEM education.

CLP said applicants for the scheme have to fulfill safety, technical and generation requirements.

"So far, some applications have been constrained by the sufficient capacity of the current networks and the locations of some applied systems have not been covered by CLP's existing networks," it said.

jane.cheung@singtaonewscorp.com

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