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SMRT’s Bishan Depot To Have Solar Power For All Non-Traction Energy Needs Under Expanded Deal With EDPR Sunseap

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EDPR Sunseap and SMRT Trains announced today that they have expanded their agreement to use solar energy to power SMRT’s Bishan Depot.

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EDPR Sunseap will install a photovoltaic (PV) system with a capacity of 1.56MWp under a Power Purchase Agreement that will be completed in 2023. SMRT is one step closer to meeting its goal of achieving net zero carbon equivalent by 2050. 

This is the second phase of a six-year collaboration between EDPR Sunseap and SMRT Trains. In 2016, EDPR Sunseap agreed to install 10,000 square meters of solar panels on the Bishan Main Depot building’s rooftop. These panels produced a one-megawatt peak (MWp) of renewable energy when the installation was completed in 2017.

Both phases of the solar PV system at Bishan Depot will have a combined capacity of 2.56MWp, capable of generating an estimated 3,000 MWh of energy per year, as part of SMRT’s efforts to achieve net zero carbon equivalent by 2050. This is the equivalent of powering 700 four-room public housing flats and will avoid 1,224 metric tonnes of CO2 per year.

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Aside from Bishan Depot, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) installed solar panels at Tuas West and Mandai depots to generate an extra 3 MWp of renewable energy.

Land transport accounts for approximately 15% of carbon emissions in Singapore, and public transportation companies such as SMRT are transitioning to alternative and clean energy sources in support of the Ministry of Transport’s goal of reducing land transport emissions by 80% by 2050 from their peak in 2016.

SMRT Trains President, Mr. Lam Sheau Kai, said, “MRT travel is the greenest form of public commute today. It is hence befitting that we do our part to generate more renewable energy within our depot premises. With the additional solar panels, SMRT’s total solar energy generation will be able to meet the non-traction energy needs of our first and busiest depot – Bishan Depot. SMRT will continue to find opportunities to adopt sustainable practices and reduce our carbon footprint, in line with the Singapore Green Plan 2030.”

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EDPR Sunseap Executive Vice President, Client Solutions, Ms. Filipa Ricciardi said, “We are grateful for SMRT’s continued trust and support as our mission is to help our clients decarbonize in a sustainable manner. Public transport is a key element in the fight against climate change and we believe that forging strong, long-term partnerships with transport operators will help drive innovative actionable solutions to one of the biggest challenges of our times.”

EDPR Sunseap is the Asia Pacific hub for EDP Renewables, one of the world’s largest renewable energy companies. It plans to triple renewable energy capacity to over 2 GW by 2025 as part of its vision to lead the energy transition in Singapore and the rest of the region.

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