SINGAPORE – Come Jan 1, Keppel Bay Tower in HarbourFront Avenue will become the first commercial development in Singapore to use renewable energy to power all its operations, including the offices of tenants in the building, Keppel Corp said on Sunday (Dec 29). Its property arm Keppel Land, the owner and operator of Keppel Bay Tower, will be installing an assembly of solar photovoltaic panels (PV) panels spanning about 400 square metres on the roof of the 18-storey building as well as its six-storey podium block. In addition, Keppel Land, through its electricity retailer, Keppel Electric, will be purchasing renewable energy certificates (RECs), which are generated from PV panels installed in Keppel Offshore & Marine’s yards in Singapore. When completed in the first quarter of next year, Keppel Bay Tower’s PV system is expected to generate an energy yield of about 100,000 kilowatt hour (kWh) per annum. Together with the purchase of RECs, the initiatives will result in a reduction of over 2,400 tonnes of carbon emissions per year – an amount which would otherwise require about 12,000 trees to absorb over about 50 years, said Keppel. Keppel said the in...