SANYO Completes South East Asia’s Highest Solar Installation at Ocean Financial Centre [Press Release]
Singapore, 21st February, 2011 – SANYO Asia Pte Ltd. (SANYO) is pleased to announce its latest solar panel installation in Singapore that will be situated as high as 245m above ground. A global-leading innovator and manufacturer in environmental technology, SANYO will be carrying out Singapore’s unprecedented and South East Asia’s highest solar panel installation on the roof of 43-storey Ocean Financial Centre, adding yet another laurel to SANYO’s platter of outstanding innovations in the solar panel field.
Developed by Keppel Land Limited, Ocean Financial Centre has been awarded the Green Mark Platinum Award by the Building and Construction Authority of Singapore (BCA) and is a prime Grade A office development strategically located at the intersection of the Raffles Place and Marina Bay precincts of Singapore’s CBD.
In a tropical country like Singapore, its sunny conditions have proven to be particularly suited for the use of solar panels. For this solar installation, SANYO adopts HIT (Heterojunction with Intrinsic Thin layer) solar panels that are able to remain efficient even under high temperatures as contrary to other solar panels that might hence experience reduction in their efficiency. Furthermore, being situated as high as 245m above ground on the roof of Ocean Financial Centre, also enables the most effective generation of clean energy. Containing 366 panels, the whole system is 75kWp in total and it is the largest assembly of photovoltaic system for a commercial development in the Central Business District. Given Singapore conditions, the system is able to generate 86MWhr worth of energy in a year.
In line with SANYO’s mission to realise a clean energy society, this solar system rated the highest installation in Singapore is capable of approximately 45 tonnes of carbon dioxide reduction annually. The electricity generated by these solar photovoltaic panels serves as a supplement to electricity that is drawn from the grid of the building hence reducing the consumption of fossil fuel energy.
Dr Hiroyuki Kuriyama, Division President, Energy Systems & Solutions Sales H.Q., SANYO Asia Pte Ltd. said, “With the increasing emphasis on green technology, we are more than pleased to partner with local developers in working towards propelling Singapore’s building industry towards greater environmental sustainability. Leveraging on the popularity of the concept of green buildings for commercial purposes, SANYO continues to develop its green technologies especially in solar technology and strives to be an active player in contributing to the global environment.”
The solar system that has been installed at Ocean Financial Centre operates on a grid-tied system where no battery storage is required. This is made possible by the seamless system integration by SolarGy Pte Ltd.
Mr Albert Lim, Managing Director of SolarGy Pte Ltd. said, “The Ocean Financial Centre is not only a first class green building – it is also an excellent showcase of innovation and architectural integration with renewable energy technology.
“With limited roof space and a sloping roof profile that was as steep as 19 degrees, the project required us to think out of the box in terms of logistics planning and installation. As part of the architectural integration, we were also required to fill up odd corners of our solar arrays with dummy panels, so that the entire array blends smoothly with the curved profile of the roof. In this way, the solar panel installations are not only functional but aesthetic as well.”
The entire green façade for Ocean Financial Centre will be completed by early 2011.
This is a press release from SANYO and SolarGy Pte Ltd.