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Facebook to Buy Electricity From Singapore’s Largest Offshore Floating Solar Farm

May 28, 2021

Facebook, one of the leading social media platforms in the world, is taking their next step to a more sustainable future with a new renewable energy deal in Singapore.

Sunseap – Singapore’s most prominent renewable energy developer – is ready to provide Facebook with plenty of renewable energy via a large, offshore floating solar farm. This project marks Sunseap’s first foray into non-ground mounted PV projects and is located in the Straits of Johor. The solar panel array consists of over 13,000 panels, approximately 40 inverters and over 30,000 floats. It is slated to generate 6,022,500 kWh worth of energy each year.

How the deal works

In order to access the solar power of Sunseap’s newest solar array, Facebook entered into a multi-year virtual power purchase agreement or VPPA. This means that once power from the solar farm has been exported to the grid, Facebook will receive all the renewable energy credits (RECs) associated with the farm.

Facebook intends to use the RECs to support company operations in Singapore, including their first Asia-based, custom-built data centre.

A tried-and-tested partnership

Of course, this isn’t the first time that Facebook has teamed up with Sunseap to achieve more sustainable energy. In October 2020, Facebook signed an agreement with Sunseap for approximately 100 MW of solar power collected from more than 1,200 rooftop solar systems.

“We are very pleased to be working with Facebook for a second VPPA,” said Lawrence Wu, the President of Sunseap Group. “We are grateful for the leadership shown by companies like Facebook in seriously embracing sustainability, whether through reducing waste or minimising and offsetting their carbon emissions.”

As far as Facebook is concerned, floating solar farms are an exciting new opportunity for achieving their sustainability goals, which include reaching net zero emissions by 2030 and being 100% supported by renewable energy.

Head of renewable energy at Facebook Urvi Parekh commented, “This is our first floating solar project, so we’re particularly excited to support an innovative technology that will help bring more renewable energy projects online.”

Following in Facebook’s footsteps

We may not all be able to purchase power from Singapore’s largest floating solar farm, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do your part to support a more sustainable future!

Like the Sunseap company, our team at Solar Miner is dedicated to making renewable energy accessible to residential, commercial and industrial clients who want to make the world a better place. We’re pleased to provide a variety of effective and affordable solar power solutions throughout Victoria. Contact our expert team to learn more about our residential and commercial solar panels, systems and services today.

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