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The development of renewable energy application in Hong Kong has left her counterparts a long way behind. Yet, in view of global warming has become the most pressing issues among all of us, it is the high time to take multiple countermeasures. New World First Ferry Services Limited (“First Ferry”) has long been examining the feasibility of application of renewable energy. In mid of 2018, we learnt that the technology of solar energy application has become mature with high stability, therefore, the idea of building “First Ferry’s Solar Energy Garden” has been developed.

 

Pioneering by Mr Alex Choi, the Director & General Manager of First Ferry, the First Ferry’s Engineering team spent around two months from zero to start to complete the construction of “Solar Energy Garden” at the rooftop of First Ferry’s Office Building. The “First Ferry’s Solar Energy Garden” is about 53 square meters with 27 pieces of 1.95-square-metre solar panels had been installed. On 12 October, the solar system has been approved to connect to the CLP grid and taken part in the CLP Renewable Energy Feed-in Tariff (FiT) Scheme. As of 8 November (morning), 713 KWh had been collected through the solar panels.

 

Mr Alex Choi is pleased to announce that, ““First Ferry’s Solar Energy Garden” signifies First Ferry’s embarkation on the journey of renewable energy application. It is First Ferry’s first project applying solar energy into its business operation. We have spent 0.25 million in this project and expected 10,000 kWh will be generated in the first year from the solar panels which have a life expectancy of 25-30 years.”

 

He said, “The focus of this project is not how much we shall get from the FiT scheme, it is how much we can contribute to the reduction of carbon emission. If we can receive around 10,000 kWh from the renewable energy first year, around 5,400kg in Co2 emission that generated from the coal-fired electricity could be reduced.  Besides, we also have a trial of installing the solar panels on a double-deck ordinary ferry to drive the operations of 6 sets of newly-installed ventilation system onboard to enhance the comfort in the cabin. If the trial is successful, we will extend this measure to other ordinary ferries amidst the fleet by phases. This trial indeed shall not generate additional monetary value, but what we pursue is taking a significant step forward to the renewable energy application.”

 

“Moving forward, First Ferry has a vision to expand “First Ferry’s Solar Energy Garden” to the rooftops of seven piers (including Central Pier 5, Central Pier 6, Cheung Chau Pier, Mui Wo Pier, Hunghom Pier, Kowloon City Pier and North Point Pier) where we are operating our ferry services, with the collaboration and approval from the respective governmental departments. 


Should this be accomplished, the energy generated shall not only be able to fulfill the energy consumption of the piers, but also could share the usage with the general public through the respective electricity companies’ grids. In this regard, the reduction of carbon emission is far reaching. It could reduce more than 510,000kg Co2 emission annually. We believe, such move will serve as a catalyst for other members of the society and the business community to follow thus yielding a much larger positive effect, and, foster the powerful support to the objective of building Hong Kong as a more liveable city.”


 

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Mr Alex Choi, Director & General Manager is proud to present the “First Ferry’s Solar Energy Garden ” with the project team

 

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First Ferry establishes the “First Ferry’s Solar Energy Garden” on the rooftop of its office building to embark on the journey of renewable energy application


 

 

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First Ferry conducts a trial of installing solar panels on the double-deck ordinary ferry “Xin Chong” to drive 6 sets of ventilation system onboard

 

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