Solarising Hong Kong
Hong Kong generates only 0.1 per cent of its electricity from renewable sources. The government has set no renewable energy target though it suggests that 3 to 4 per cent is feasible. We lag far behind other developed economies. The government and power companies must increase the share of renewable energy in our generation and enhance energy efficiency to improve air quality and tackle climate change. The government has set targets for to reduce carbon emissions between 2005 and 2030, but performance is not on course. In fact emissions by 2014 rose almost 10%. It is essential that government takes strong action now, to bring us back on track.
On 25 April 2017, the government and the power companies signed new Scheme of Control Agreements, which propose the introduction of the Feed-in Tariff and Renewable Energy Certificates.
WWF-Hong Kong welcomes the government’s adoption of our recommendations by setting the initial Feed-in tariff rate at an attractive level of HK$3-HK$5/kWh for solar and wind systems with a guaranteed rebate period of 15 years. We believe it would promote small-scale solar system installations and attract investment in the local renewable energy market from private investors and corporates.
In 2015, WWF urged the government to introduce a Feed-in Tariff policy under the 2018 Scheme of Control Agreements. With the “Solarising Communities” project launched in 2016, WWF installed on-grid rooftop solar systems on stilt houses in Tai O, proving that the solar system can meet half of household power needs. The city’s first-ever Renewable Energy Certificate was subsequently launched for corporate application. In 2017, the project was extended with a 100 per cent Solar Mobile Café rolling through the city to collect public opinions. In addition, two studies on the potential resource base for renewable energy in Hong Kong and the economic cost of introducing a Feed-in Tariff for Hong Kong have been released.
What’s the potential for renewable energy in Hong Kong?