Hong Kong Air Cargo goes greener with large-scale solar power installation
Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd (Hactl) – Hong Kong’s largest independent cargo handler – has installed 1,300 square metres of solar panels on the roof of its SuperTerminal 1 facility.
Alex Keisser, MD of CLP Engineering (centre left) and Hactl CEO Wilson Kwong (centre right) celebrate the contract signing with representatives of both companies, at Hactl’s SuperTerminal 1 facility
Hactl’s new solar power installation will feature 518 panels with the electricity generation capacity of 160 kWp ; this “renewable energy” will be fed into the power grid.
The SuperTerminal 1 facility, which was built in 1998 with an investment of $1 billion, is located at the south east corner of Hong Kong International Airport. Spanning 1,800,000 ft², it includes the main terminal building and express centre, and can manage 3,500,000 tonnes of cargo per year.
Hactl’s Chief Executive, Wilson Kwong, explained of the solar installation: “This is a major step forward in Hactl’s ‘Green Terminal’ project, and will make a significant contribution to our efforts to minimise our terminal’s environmental impact. We believe that Hactl has once again set an example for others to follow, both in Hong Kong and elsewhere.
“Given the size and nature of buildings in the world of air cargo and logistics, the scope for similar installations is enormous; and there is a strong economic argument as well as an environmental one.”
The system is being designed, installed and maintained by CLP Engineering Limited (CLPE), a wholly-owned subsidiary of CLP Holdings Limited, that offers professional solar solutions. Alex Keisser, Managing Director of CLPE, says: “We are very pleased to work with Hactl on this project and our joint efforts aim at supporting the development of renewable energy in Hong Kong.”
A signing ceremony for the Solar Energy Service Agreement between CLPE and Hactl was held on 9 October 2018 at Hactl’s facility.