Independent cargo handler Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals (Hactl) has installed 1,300m² of solar panels on the roof of its SuperTerminal 1 facility in Hong Kong.

Hactl described the exercise as the next step in its ‘Green Terminal’ project.

The facility, which was built in 1998 with an investment of $1bn, is located at the south-east corner of the Hong Kong International Airport.

Spanning across 1,800,000ft², it includes the main terminal building and express centre, and can manage 3,500,000t of cargo per year.

“The scope for similar installations is enormous and there is a strong economic argument as well as an environmental one.”

The new solar power installation will include 518 panels, which are capable of generating 160 kilowattpeaks (kWp) of electricity. The produced renewable energy will be fed into the power grid.

Hactl chief executive Wilson Kwong said: “This is a major step forward in Hactl’s “Green Terminal” project, and will make a significant contribution to our efforts to minimise our terminal’s environmental impact. We believe that Hactl has once again set an example for others to follow, both in Hong Kong and elsewhere.

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“Given the size and nature of buildings in the world of air cargo and logistics, the scope for similar installations is enormous and there is a strong economic argument as well as an environmental one.”

CLP Engineering (CLPE), a wholly owned subsidiary of CLP Holdings, has been contracted for the designing, installation and maintenance of the solar power system.

CLPE managing director Alex Keisser said: “We are very pleased to work with Hactl on this project and our joint efforts aim at supporting the development of renewable energy in Hong Kong.”

The SuperTerminal 1 was designed by British architect Norman Foster.