The roof of MHE-Demag’s factory in Tuas, Singapore stands out amongst its neighbours, with 522 solar photovoltaic modules now installed at the top of the 20-year-old plant facility. The panels provide an estimated 20% of the factory’s energy requirements, saving thousands of dollars and 77t of C02 a year. It is projected that the S$400,000 investment in the panels will be recouped in approximately 10 years.
This project grew out of the Group’s work to reduce its carbon footprint. After engaging a Carbon Neutrality Office to identify several possible initiatives, research into feasibility suggested the solar panels project as the viable option. MHE-Demag’s management decided to fund and install such a system, with two staff members from MHE-Demag Singapore managing the project as part of the talent stretch assignment.
On 11 April 2012, some 50 guests and staff visited the solar roof to learn about the workings of the system. From the online performance monitor installed in the reception area, visitors and staff could watch and analyse the energy savings of the solar project every day.
In his opening speech, Group Chairman Heinrich Jessen said, “With both domestic and industrial energy consumption reliant on fossil fuels, it seems only right to make a difference where you can. I often refer to a famous quote by Edmund Burke: ‘Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little. We hope that our project, along with other initiatives happening in Singapore, encourages our colleagues in all sectors to develop their own journey towards carbon neutrality. A trickle can become a stream and then a trend.”