The award from the Energy Ministry’s Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency recognises SIG’s significant investment in off-grid alternative power at Rayong as part of the company’s commitment to put more into society and the environment than it takes out.
Said Lawrence Fok, President and General Manager Asia-Pacific at SIG: “SIG is committed to go Way Beyond Good for the environment and society. The company sources 100% renewable energy for production worldwide. At Rayong, we have gone even further by generating our own solar power on site and bringing additional societal benefits by installing free solar power at a local school. It’s an honour to receive this award in recognition of our efforts.”
Tackling climate change with on-site renewables
SIG’s 3.3-MWp (megawatt peak) rooftop solar array at Rayong is the largest of its kind in the region. Made up of more than 9,000 individual panels, the massive solar array covers an area of 18,000m2 – the equivalent of 2.5 soccer pitches.
Capable of producing up to 4,431 MWh of renewable power annually, the installation at Rayong supports Thailand’s goal to cover 40% of its electricity requirements from renewable energy sources by 2036.
Worldwide, SIG sources 100% of energy for production from renewable sources. In Thailand, where opportunities to purchase green electricity from the grid are limited, the company sources renewable energy indirectly by investing in GoldPower certified renewable energy projects.
The investment in on-site renewable energy generation at Rayong enables SIG to source more renewable energy directly. It supports SIG’s efforts to tackle climate change by directly avoiding around 2,240 tonnes of CO2 equivalent emissions per year.
SIG is committed to make a positive contribution to society as well as the environment. As part of the contract to install solar panels at the production site in Rayong, SIG’s supplier also installed a 7kWp solar array on the roof of a local school.
The free renewable energy generated is enough to power the Nikhom Sang Ton Eng Changwat Rayong 10 school and will save the school more than 4,000 baht (120€) per month in electricity costs. Installing solar power is also helping to raise awareness of energy efficiency and climate change among the schoolchildren, teachers and wider community. For more visit sig.biz
Source: SIGAuthor: COX