EMA to call for Expression of Interest from companies to develop Pulau Ubin micro-grid

By Rachel Kelly

The Energy Market Authority of Singapore is calling for proposals to design, build, and operate an intelligent micro-grid with clean and renewable energy technologies on Pulau Ubin.

The announcement was made at the opening of this year's Clean Energy Expo as part of the International Energy Week.

The micro-grid will leverage on renewable energy solutions to provide power to Pulau Ubin's population.

Rustic Pulau Ubin now counts on diesel to power its lights and electrical needs.
But things will soon change.

The Energy Market Authority is asking the private sector for proposals to replace the island's diesel generators with clean and renewable energy sources.

The expression of interest (EOI) is expected to be launched this Friday.

Earlier this year, the EMA engaged consultants to study the feasibility of introducing clean and renewable energy sources on Pulau Ubin to replace diesel generators.

The plan is to have EMA and the interested party develop five inter-connected grids serving Ubin's north, south, east west and jetty regions.

The first phrase covering the jetty area is expected to start next year.

Each grid is estimated to take about 2 years to complete.

David Tan, Deputy Chief Executive, Energy Planning & Development, EMA.

"The whole purpose of the project is to supply electricity to the community on the island itself as well as to testbed clean technology.(1643) The expression of interest will actually close within a month, there after we will work with the potential candidates who will develop the micro-grid."

The micro grids will rely on renewable energy such as solar, biofuel, and micro wind turbines such as these.

Experts say the technology for such micro-grid projects could be exported and implemented in other parts of the region.

Woochong Um, Director, Regional & Sustainable Development, Asian Development Bank

"When we talk about energy in the Asia Pacific we talk about countries like India and China which is producing a lot of energy for mass use all over the place, especially for an urban setting. But we also have to be conscious of the over 1 billion people who do not have access to the modern form of energy. They are resorting to biomass, cutting trees which has a massive impact on the environment as well as the health, and livelihood of these people. Such projects are part of that access to people, for people who do not have access."

Meantime, a Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between the sustainable energy associations of Singapore and Indonesia.

The MOU will pave the way for joint ventures in carbon and solar projects between members of both associations.