Company accepts its 'green' energy responsibilities
We refer to the report headlined 'First generation of solar buildings on horizon' (South China Morning Post, December 3).
In the story, Dr Josie Close, co-ordinator of a Hong Kong University research team to put solar power in schools, said that 'agreements with power companies which give them geographic monopolies over power distribution had been a major barrier to the use of solar power'. She suggested that utility companies in Hong Kong were dragging their feet and urged the Government to encourage 'reluctant' utilities to allow solar power systems to feed into the main power grid.
This is not painting an accurate picture, at least as far as CLP Power is concerned. The CLP Group, through its subsidiaries CLP Research Institute and CLP Enterprises, has been active in supporting the application of 'green' energy in Hong Kong and at the same time exploring commercial opportunities in renewable energy.
As your story rightly points out, the CLP Research Institute is joining with the Innovation and Technology Commission to fund a project to incorporate solar energy panels in a school on Ma Wan Island. Another example of our effort is the development of a hybrid renewable energy system using a wind turbine and solar power. The system has recently been commissioned to supply power and will be donated in support of a community renewable energy education programme on Shek Kwu Chau. Additional projects have and are being organised with other organisations and users.
In terms of the utility business and the Scheme of Control Agreement, CLP Power has co-operated to make these projects possible. In addition, the company has been proactive in proposing to the Government a grid-connection policy with a view to facilitating the development of an appropriate renewable energy policy that can serve the best interests of the public as well as energy providers.
Such a grid connection policy should incorporate a set of reasonable technical standards for parallel connection in conformity with international practices. Emphasis should also be placed on the principles of 'users pay' and 'no cross-subsidy between different user groups', otherwise certain electricity customers would be unreasonably disadvantaged.
Although CLP Power awaits the Government's response to its grid-connection proposal, the CLP Group is continuing to initiate and support appropriate research into and applications of green energy.
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