Key Government Renewable Energy Projects

Despite Hong Kong’s natural constraints and geographical limitations, the Government is committed to exploiting our modest renewable energy (RE) potential as fully as possible.  Our aim is to apply RE on a wider and larger scale in the immediate years ahead based on mature and commercially available technologies with the public sector taking the lead, and to create the conditions to enable the private sector to consider adopting RE.  To this end, a number of large-scale Government RE facilities have been installed and many other major projects are being planned.

What are Government’s existing RE projects?

The Government is taking forward a number of large-scale RE projects at public sector infrastructure and facilities which can offer sizable RE potential.  The most prominent example is our largest solar farm in Hong Kong at the Siu Ho Wan Sewage Treatment Works with an installed generation capacity of 1,100 kilowatts (kW).  Solar photovoltaic (PV) panels that have been installed at the Redeveloped Complex of the Victoria Park Swimming Pool and the Redeveloped Complex of the Kwun Tong Swimming Pool & Recreation Ground have also contributed an installed capacity of 468 kW and 337 kW respectively.

Solar farm at the Siu Ho Wan Sewage Treatment Works
Solar farm at the Siu Ho Wan Sewage Treatment Works

The T ▪ PARK in Tuen Mun was fully commissioned in April 2016 and is currently the largest waste-to-energy generator in Hong Kong.  The heat energy generated from the incineration process is recovered and turned into electricity that can support the needs of the entire facility.  When running at full capacity, it can produce up to 2 megawatts of surplus electricity for the public power grid, which is an impeccable example of “waste-to-energy” in action.

If you want to find out more about existing Government RE projects, you may refer to the HK RE NET of the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department (EMSD).

HK RE NET

What are Government’s coming RE projects?

The Water Supplies Department has explored the potential for electricity generation from floating PV systems on reservoirs by installing two small systems of 100 kW each on Shek Pik Reservoir and Plover Cove Reservoir.  Based on the encouraging results, the Government is actively considering installing large-scale floating PV systems at suitable locations in reservoirs.  There will also be a pilot solar PV project at the South East New Territories Landfill to test the technology as well as its implementation at landfills.

In addition, the Government has also earmarked HK$2 billion in total since the 2017-18 financial year for the installation of small-scale RE facilities at government buildings, venues and facilities.

Floating PV systems on Shek Pik Reservoir
Floating PV systems on Shek Pik Reservoir

Solar powered lamps at Sai Kung Outdoor Recreational Centre
Solar powered lamps at Sai Kung Outdoor Recreational Centre

PV systems at Airport Police Station
PV systems at Airport Police Station

Further information, data and statistics on RE

As part of the Government’s on-going efforts to promote RE, the EMSD publishes on its HK RE NET some useful information on RE, including the application of different RE technologies in Hong Kong and overseas, existing RE projects being operated by the Government and the private sector, as well as the relevant statistical information.  Please visit HK RE NET.

HK RE NET
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