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Opening of the Marina Barrage

I visited today the newly inaugurated Marina Barrage,  to see the largest solar installation in Singapore. It comprises of 405 panels over an area of 1,200 sqm and generates about 70kW, which supplements the daytime requirements of the building below. The grass on the roof top where the panels are installed is covered helps to lower the building’s temperature, lowering the energy requirements.

Of course, it’s way smaller than the larger projects in the world, the current highest capacity PV plant, being the solar park in Murcia, Southeastern Spain, with an installed peak power of 23 MW. Regardless, it’s the right step forward to popularising the use of renewable energy in Singapore.

It would be great to see such installations on building tops and in other areas of Singapore as it’s so sunny here, most of the time. I’m sure it will happen in due course, despite no subsidies being given at the moment for solar companies.

There’s a very interesting gallery called Sustainable Singapore, outlining progress over the last few decades, as far as management of water resources in Singapore is concerned. The Marina Reservoir, will cater to about 10% of the island’s water requirements. To diversify its water supply, Singapore had 4 national taps. Singapore recycles waste water, desalinates sea water, and two-thirds of the country will be covered by water catchment areas with the new reservoir.

A lot of green messages were being promoted at the exhibition accompanying the opening. I think over the past few years, green “talk” is a lot more visible here in Singapore, which is actually a great thing. Public transport was well organised and it was nice to see recycling bins everywhere. I did think though there were a tad too many free goodie bags, paper pamphlets, and freely circulating water bottles, which to me are a waste of resources.

Enjoy your EcoWALK to the Marina Barrage. It’s worth a visit, despite the construction activity going around for the Integrated Resorts.

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