SEAS Clean Energy Committee has been active since 2007 to provide a forum for companies & individuals to discuss issues around clean energy policies, technologies and finance that impact the industry.
Like many countries in Southeast Asia, the abundant sunlight in Singapore, coupled with lower equipment costs, makes solar power a viable, alternative source of electricity for many businesses. The SEAS White Paper showed that solar power is now at grid parity, so it is competitive with traditional sources of energy and will be the leading renewable option for Singapore. Besides solar other options for Singapore will be biomass, biogas and marine renewables.
Asia's solar energy industry is undergoing formidable growth. Advances in technology and changes in government policies and regulations have driven the industry's expansion. It's also been fuelled by lower equipment costs that have increased the potential for savings, making its adoption an economic imperative, not just an environmental issue.
The benefits of using this clean energy are immense and the outlook for the industry is very positive. Especially with options emerging for businesses that cannot afford the upfront costs. Solar leasing allows them to use solar power without having to buy, maintain or install the PV panels. Customers only pay for the solar energy that they use.
3:00 PM - 3:05 PM
Welcome Remarks by Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore (SEAS)
Kavita Gandhi has an extensive background in environment and developmental sector spanning over last 20 years. Kavita has been involved in multi-dimensional projects like United States Asia Environmental Partnership (US-AEP) and was Instrumental in setting up of Clean Technology Environmental Management Centre (CTEM) in the Singapore Manufacturer’s Association. She has experience working with environmental sector startups and SMEs in her capacity as a manager of the Singapore Association for Environmental Companies (SAFECO). Kavita was one of the key personnel involved in setting up the Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore and securing a grant from SPRING Singapore to run programs in the area of local enterprise development, market development and training & conferences for clean energy industry. She also represents the association in various government and non-government committees related to clean energy. She was instrumental in developing and managing some unique programs like the SME Energy Efficiency outreach as well cleantech incubator. Kavita has an MSc in Environmental Management from Wye College, University of London. Kavita is also representing SEAS on the following: • Environment & Resource Standards Committee (ERSC), ESG • Co-convener Renewable Energy Standards (RECs) working group, ESG • TC for Energy, ESG • SCEM Steering Committee, NEA • Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) committee, ADB • Advisory Board: EcoLabs Centre of Innovation for Energy, NTU
Deputy CEO of Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS)
Dr Thomas REINDL is Deputy CEO of the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS) and Principal Research Fellow (equivalent to Associate Professor) at the National University of Singapore (NUS).
During his time at SERIS, he won public research grants in excess of SGD 20 million, founded 2 spin-off companies and authored strategic scientific papers such as the "PV Roadmap for Singapore".
Dr. Reindl holds a Master in Chemistry, a Ph.D. in Natural Sciences and an MBA from INSEAD, all awarded with highest honours. His research interests are high-performance PV systems, techno-economic road-mapping, and the reliable integration of renewable energies into energy supply systems.