What is the contribution of your project to the environmental dimension of Sustainable development?
It is said that solar panels do add to carbon footprint to purchase a few solar panels, as solar panels manufacturing does add something to greenhouse gases. However, solar panels pay for themselves in just a few short years. In less than two years, solar panels are carbon negative, as the savings makes up for what it added to the atmosphere upon its creation. According to Home Power magazine, manufacturing a 100-watt solar panel produces about 960 pounds of CO2. But, in the 20-25 year life span of that solar panel, the offset is around 8,400 pounds of CO2.
For the solar farm project, the total carbon reduction is 136,729 tonnes.
The control and monitoring building uses bio-bricks made from 94% recycled materials and 100% regional materials. Recycle bins are placed at the building for the collection of waste paper, plastic and glass. This building was installed with a rainwater harvesting system with a 6,000 litres storage tank. This represents a 39% potable water reduction for irrigation
A 40KWp solar photovoltaic system was also installed on the roof of the building to generate green energy for the use of the building. The yield from this system is 51,400kWh/year. This represents 75% of the total building energy consumption per year.
A total of 414 trees were planted on the project grounds (254 units Tecoma trees, 150 units Kelat Paya trees and 10 palm trees). The trees were planted for cooling, soil erosion control and CO2 absorption. 1 tree seedling grown for 10 years ± 0.039 metric tons CO2 absorption. Therefore 414 trees grown for 20 years will absorb 31,512 tonnes of CO2.