Cleantech flexes muscle as solar developer

The Singapore-based company taps rooftop projects with sites ranging from 200kWp all the way to 20 MWp

By HABHAJAN SINGH

Singapore-based Cleantech Energy Corp Pte Ltd is staking a claim to be one of the larger solar developers in Asia.

At the last count, the clean energy provider said it has increased its signed portfolio to more than 100MWp of solar projects across South-East Asia and India at more than 100 sites in eight different countries.

This makes Cleantech “an undisputed leader in a region that is both diverse and challenging”, the company said in a statement.

The company said its ability to safely and consistently deliver quality that will last the test of time, regardless of market or local construction partner, is a critical enabler in rooftop projects with sites ranging from 200kWp all the way to 20MWp.

“Securing 100MWp of capacity, exclusively for commercial and industrial (C&I) customers in the region, is no small achievement,” said Cleantech executive chairman Raju Shukla.

The company is a pan-Asian solar developer who invests, owns and operates solar photovoltaic (PV) plants, with a focus on long-term partnerships with companies in the C&I sector.

The development of local expertise in each of the company’s markets has been an important step and gives it a strong foundation for continuing to be the trusted regional partner for leading companies, it said in the statement.

On the global front, among the top global solar developers based on projects in operation or in development pipelines are GCL New Energy Holdings Ltd, First Solar Inc, Canadian Solar Inc, Total (SunPower and Eren) and SunEdison Inc.

First Solar, which has a huge presence in Kulim, Kedah (First Solar Malaysia Sdn Bhd), is a global provider of comprehensive PV solar energy solutions with more than 10 gigawatts installed worldwide.

First Solar Malaysia started its operation in 2008 and is the largest high-technology manufacturing site for First Solar’s advanced thin film PV modules.

Around this time last year, Cleantech entered into a long-term rooftop solar power partnership with semiconductor manufacturer Global Foundries (GF) to deploy a 4.5MWp on-site rooftop solar system.

Under the terms of the solar power purchase agreement, Cleantech was to undertake full turn-key financing, design, installation, and full-life operation and maintenance of the system.

The contracted 4.5MWp solar PV system is expected to become fully operational by the third quarter of 2018. The system will cover the rooftops of all four semiconductor fabrication plants of GF’s Singapore Woodlands facility, it had said in an earlier statement.

In Cambodia, the company is working with Cambodia Beverage Co that produces Coca-Cola.

“At Coca-Cola, we are committed to making ongoing changes to our operations that reduce our carbon impact on the world, therefore the building of our new greenfield plant in Phnom Penh is the perfect opportunity for us to rethink our power solutions in Cambodia,” said Cambodia Beverage CEO David Wigglesworth in a statement