ComfortDelGro, Engie partner to expand into green energy
By Digital News Asia December 1, 2021
- Both parties to jointly develop renewable energy
- Will electrify ComfortDelGro's fleet with technology
ComfortDelGro, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, ComfortDelGro Engineering Pte Ltd (CDGE) and ENGIE South East Asia (ENGIE) have expanded their strategic partnership from green mobility to renewable energy.
In a statement, the transport operator said by leveraging ENGIE's expertise in renewable energy worldwide, both parties will jointly develop and manage solar solutions as part of ComfortDelGro’s journey towards carbon neutrality.
It said through JV company ComfortDelGro Engie Solar, both parties intend to electrify ComfortDelGro's fleet of vehicles with renewable power and offer fast charging solutions to drivers and public electric vehicle (EV) users through renewable energy assets.
The Solar JV comes just two months after the first venture, ComfortDelGro ENGIE Pte Ltd, won a tender to deploy 479 EV chargers across the island of Singapore by the third quarter of 2022, the company said.
Its incorporation and the projects that it will undertake are however still subject to customary regulatory approvals, it said.
With a target to operate by the second half of 2022, ComfortDelGro Engie Solar intends to first install and operate rooftop solar panels atop three buildings at Loyang, Pandan and Ubi, operated by CDGE, it added.
Apart from these buildings, the automotive workshops will also run on renewable energy deployed from these rooftop solar panels.
The Solar JV also plans to offer renewable energy solutions to ComfortDelGro’s customers and business partners that are looking to deploy renewable energy to their own buildings, the company said.
Thomas Baudlot, CEO of Energy Solutions APAC and country head South East Asia, said the company is excited to expand its partnership with ComfortDelGro from green mobility to renewable energy and help accelerate its journey towards carbon neutrality.
Ang Soo Hock, CEO of CDGE said “We are excited about taking the partnership with ENGIE further and expanding it into the renewable energy sector.
Ang revealed that beyond the electrification of its vehicle fleets is the need to build charging farms powered by renewable energy on our premises that offer fast charging solutions to its cabbies as well as the public EV users.
“One of our long term sustainability goals is to meet the preliminary target of 50MWp renewable energy capacity by 2030, which is equivalent to powering up 12,500 four-room housing flats,” Ang added.
ComfortDelGro ENGIE has also pledged to play a major role in the deployment of the 60,000 EV chargers targeted by Land Transport Authority as part of the SG Green Plan 2030.
It will leverage on the Solar JV to offer EV charging solutions powered by renewable energy harnessed from the solar panels.
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