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WWF’s 100% Solar Mobile Café Hits the Road

Hong Kong’s first 100% solar-powered mobile café was officially unveiled today at a launch ceremony in Admiralty.

Hong Kong’s first 100% solar-powered mobile café was officially unveiled today at a launch ceremony in Admiralty. In attendance were legislative councilors Tanya Chan and Eddie Chu Hoi-dick who discussed upcoming renewable energy policies for the city. The solar mobile café will tour Hong Kong from November 2017 to March 2018, demonstrating the potential domestic uses of solar energy and promoting the adoption of policies to increase the use of renewable power generation.
“Promoting community investment in clean, sustainable energy will kick start the market in Hong Kong. The government can further this cause by setting an ambitious 10 per cent renewable energy target for 2030,” said Olivia To, WWF-Hong Kong’s Assistant Project Manager for Sustainability. Olivia also called for the government to provide technical support for small-scale solar energy systems and consider other financial incentives.
At the centre of Hong Kong’s renewable energy policy is the Scheme of Control Agreement signed by the government and two power companies in April of this year. The scheme introduced a feed-in tariff (FiT) policy by which power companies will rebate electricity generated from renewable resources. WWF believes the FiT rate and subsequent payback period plays a vital role in influencing the degree of renewable energy adoption and urges the government to learn from jurisdictions like Japan, Taiwan and Korea by setting the initial rate at HK$4 per unit for solar, providing a payback period of 8-10 years.

The cafe is powered by three PV (photovoltaic) panels providing 330 watts (capable of converting 22 per cent of sunlight into electricity) and a 240Ah lithium storage battery and inverter. These power a kettle, fan, speaker, water pump, LED lights and digital display for up to six hours of continuous use. 

WWF’s Solar-powered Mobile Café Tour Schedule
23 November 2017 (Thursday)
26 November 2017 (Sunday)
Venue:Discovery Bay Sunday Market
29 November 2017 (Wednesday)
Venue:Academic Concourse, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
(Talk on solarizing communities and renewable energy at 1:30pm-2:30pm)
18 December 2017 (Monday)
Venue:Pedestrianisation, Paterson Street, Causeway Bay
*Schedule from January to March 2018 will be announced in December 2017

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