Hatten Land Limited’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Hatten Edge Pte. Ltd., has entered into a joint venture agreement with NEFIN Pte. Ltd. to develop, construct, and operate renewable energy projects, with a focus on solar energy generation, in Singapore and Malaysia.
NEFIN Pte. Ltd is part of NEFIN Group, a premium green independent power producer (IPP) offering bespoke carbon neutral technologies & financing solutions in the Asia Pacific. NEFIN Group, funded by ACEN Corp., has collectively installed over 3,400 MW of utility-scale, commercial and industrial renewable energy systems. ACEN is listed in the Philippines and is part of the Ayala Corporation, one of the largest conglomerates in the Philippines.
With its regional and multidisciplinary team, NEFIN Group offers comprehensive assessments and a full suite of services to evaluate the ESG impact and commercial viability of projects through innovative approaches to technology under its unified energy management platform. The team is committed to the global climate goals and aims to accelerate the decarbonisation of our client portfolios.
Under the joint venture agreement, there is a funding target of USD10 million and NEFIN Group has committed to invest 90% of the USD10 million as well as undertake the primary role of funding, fundraising support and establishing governance controls in relation to projects undertaken by the joint venture. Hatten Edge will take on the primary role of developer, operator, and manager of the renewable energy projects under the joint venture.
The USD10 million raised will be invested by the Group to develop, construct, and operate renewable energy projects, with a capacity of approximately 15MWp, with a focus on solar energy generation, in Singapore and Malaysia. The Group expects green energy generated
from 15MWp solar projects will generate approximately 18,000 MWh per year, the equivalent of powering more than 5,000 three-room flats for an entire year, and reduce approximately 340,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide over the project lifespan, equivalent to planting more than 644,000 trees.
Since the launch of its strategic pivot in late 2021, the Group has been proactively exploring new renewable energy projects in Singapore and Malaysia. Hatten Energy Holdings Pte. Ltd. was established as a project development, investment and operation company specializing in renewable energy projects in Asia, with a focus on Singapore and Malaysia.
Enabling enterprises to accelerate their transition towards solar energy adoption with no up-front cost, Hatten Energy will design, finance, and install solar PV systems at the premises of business owners while the latter purchases electricity generated from the solar PV system for their own consumption at a rate generally lower than usual rates of electricity distribution providers for an agreed duration under a Power Purchase Agreement.
Hatten Energy will own, operate, and maintain the solar PV systems, supplying and selling clean electricity to businesses for a contract period of typically 15 years to 20 years under the PPA.
In addition, Hatten Energy can generate RECs from the solar PV systems, thereby creating another revenue and cash flow stream for the business. RECs are market-based instruments substantiating that electricity has been generated from renewable energy sources. Hatten
Energy has a current project pipeline of 10MWp.
Mr Chong Bor Hung, NEFIN Group’s Head of Business Development and Managing Director (Malaysia), added, “NEFIN is determined to expand further into the Southeast Asia market as there is great potential with many governments and large corporations stepping up on their green plans and injecting funds into renewable energy. One of the keys to our sustained growth is strategic partnerships. We provide funding and corporate support for our partners, including MNCs and publicly listed companies throughout APAC, to help them grow and achieve their renewable energy goals. Hatten Energy is working exclusively with NEFIN and we are confident that more projects will
be secured in Singapore and Malaysia in the upcoming months with Trend Technologies Singapore being the first to kickstart this joint partnership.”
Mr Reik Ong, General Manager of Hatten Energy, concluded, “With sustained high prices of fossil fuels, lower costs of solar PV photovoltaics (PV) and a greater emphasis on ESG, there are stronger value propositions and better cost efficiencies for wider adoption of solar energy as energy demand continues to rise. We see growing interest from enterprises in Southeast Asia in solar energy adoption and together with NEFIN Group, we are fully ready to support their growing need for green energy and reduce their dependence on fossil fuels.”
More recently, Hatten Renewable Assets Pte Ltd has entered into a PPA with Trend Technologies Singapore Pte. Ltd., where Trend Technologies Singapore will purchase the electricity for 21 years generated from the rooftop solar PV power system installed and developed by HRA.
Trend Technologies Singapore is part of Trend Technologies, a vertically integrated mechanical solutions provider specializing in the areas of metal stamping, metal fabrication and injection moulding. With 10 facilities in 9 countries, Trend Technologies’ diverse customer base includes some of the most recognized Fortune 500 companies in the world.
According to International Energy Agency’s Southeast Asia Energy Outlook 2022, energy demand in Southeast Asia has increased on average by around 3% a year over the past two decades, and this trend continues to 2030 under today’s policy settings.
With electricity demand expected to grow rapidly in the coming decades in Southeast Asia, an increasing share will be met by variable renewable sources. Between 2016 and 2020, the annual average energy investment in Southeast Asia was around USD70 billion, of which
around 40% went to clean energy technologies – mostly solar photovoltaics, wind and grids.
In Singapore, solar energy is the most promising renewable energy source and Singapore’s Energy Market Authority aims to deploy at least 2 gigawatt-peak (GWp) of solar energy by 2030. This is equivalent to powering about 350,000 households for a year.
In Malaysia, the government’s renewable target for 2025 has risen from 20% in the 2018 National Energy Plan to 31% in its recent Twelfth Malaysia Plan. Its aim to have 31% of total power capacity come from renewables is supported by strong solar power growth, said Fitch Solutions Country Risk and Industry Research.