Amazon, Sunseap to export clean energy to Singapore

By HARIZAH KAMEL / Pic source

E-COMMERCE behemoth Inc announced its first renewable energy (RE) project in Singapore — its fifth in Asia Pacific — as part of its commitment to invest in global solar and wind projects.

This project will see Amazon working with Sunseap Group Pte Ltd, a solar energy provider, in a long-term agreement to export 62MW of clean energy to the Singa- pore electricity grids.

The Amazon project in the island republic is expected to generate 80,000MWh of clean energy annually, which is equivalent to powering more than 10,000 homes in Singapore.

Sunseap recently formed a joint venture with Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) via its subsidiary TNB Renewables Sdn Bhd (TNB RE) to tap into the island nation’s RE and corporate power purchase agreement market.

TNB RE has also bought a 39% stake in Sunseap’s 21.6MW project in Vietnam, which comprises five rooftop solar power plants as part of TNB expansion into the country and RE space.

The Amazon solar project will be made up of a series of solar panels mounted on a ground system.

“When completed in 2022, the project will be among the largest aggregated movable solar systems designed and installed in Singapore,” Amazon noted in a statement yesterday.

Amazon and Amazon Web Services (AWS) have been investing and growing in Singapore for more than a decade.

The announcement supports Singapore’s bold vision outlined in the Singapore Green Plan 2030 — a 10-year plan with a whole-of-nation sustainable development agenda. Utility-scale solar energy projects, such as this Singapore project, align with the Green Plan’s key pillar of using cleaner energy.

In 2020, Amazon announced it was the largest-ever corporate purchaser of RE. Its project in Singapore builds on that momentum, and will supply RE for Amazon offices, fulfilment centres and AWS data centres that support millions of customers globally.

“It will help advance Amazon’s goal under The Climate Pledge to reach net-zero carbon emissions across its business by 2040,” said Amazon.

It added that part of that commitment is powering its operations and infrastructures with 100% RE by 2030, a goal that Amazon is on path to reach five years earlier by 2025.

“At AWS, we work with customers and partners to help them meet their own sustainability goals.

By running their compute workloads in the cloud, customers and partners can benefit from our sustainability efforts and architect their workloads for high efficiency,” said AWS MD of Asean Conor McNamara.

“Ninety percent of what we build is driven by what customers tell us. To achieve our shared goals, we focus on four complementary areas: Increasing energy efficiency in our facilities and equipment, continuous innovation in our data centres, advocacy at the global, federal and state lev-els to create a favourable environment for RE, and working with various power providers around the world to increase the availability of RE,” added McNamara.