Sansiri becomes the first real estate developer in Thailand to install solar roofs and EV chargers in 100 percent of the new projects to serve as the standard prototype for all types of housing in every segment as the Company advances its Net-Zero mission to become the organisation with “Zero Greenhouse Gas” emission in 2050.
Uthai Uthaisangsuk, Chief Operating Officer of Sansiri Public Company Limited, said, “Sansiri is reinforcing its role as the Green Organisation that has been earnestly driving the sustainability policy and mission for the past five years towards the announcement to the effect that Sansiri is the only real estate developer in Thailand that has set the Net-Zero target of greenhouse gas emission within 2050 to create a turning point for sustainable environment.
Also, the consensus reached at both COP27 and APEC2022 Global Agendas similarly emphasises the Net-Zero issue that every sector in the world must cooperate to speed up the reduction of global pollution in accordance with the set target which includes climate condition management, sustainable resources management and sustainable waste management.
“This year, Sansiri continues to aggressively drive the Net-Zero mission objectives in a concrete manner, by being the first real estate developer in Thailand to create a ‘Smart Green-Energy Living Ecosystem’, a fully futuristic living that reduces carbon emission into the world’s environment, which the Sansiri residents contribute to reduce carbon emission through the purchase of Sansiri houses in a total of 31 new projects this year – from the source to the end products where clean energy is used in the homes, starting with the construction materials produced at Sansiri’s green precast factory which is Thailand’s first and only green factory where waste is practically zero, to the clean energy houses with 100-percent solar roofs under the cooperation with ‘ION Energy’ as partner to utilise clean energy in normal living, as well as the installation of EV chargers for EV vehicles to provide for clean energy travels.
“At the same time, Sansiri is ready to promote the installation of both 100-percent solar roofs and EV chargers as standard models in all new single-house projects in all segments. Sansiri also became Thailand’s first real estate developer to install EV chargers in a condominium project more than 10 years ago with the highest number of EV chargers more than 580 chargers at over 50 projects.
This is our quest towards realistically becoming the Net-Zero emission organisation with Zero emission of greenhouse gases by 2050, along with the construction of low-energy prototype house that will be launched in early 2023 to keep up with the trend of the new-generation consumers who make the decision to buy homes based partly on the home innovation to reduce pollution in the environment and the sustainable way of life.”
In 2022, Sansiri installed 100-percent solar roofs at all single detached houses in all new projects and in every segment. The installations have been completed at 600 new houses in more than 31 projects, such as the new projects in Krungthep Kreetha Community – the 500-rai community for living and the high quality international community located on the best location of the Krungthep Kreetha area. These projects include Setthasiri Krungthep Kreetha, Burasiri Krungthep Kreetha and Narasiri Krungthep Kreetha. The 1.84-kW solar roofs have been completely installed according to this year’s target of houses priced at below 8 million baht at 427 units, and 173 units of houses priced at 8 million baht and above.This is equivalent to the reduction in the release of carbon into the atmosphere of about 967 tons carbon, or equivalent to planting 64,474 tress and helped to save about 7.6 million baht per year in electricity cost for the residents and for the common areas.
It is expected that solar roofs can be installed at a total of 2,100 housing units, or over 30 percent of the targeted 6,600 units within three years (2023-2025) when all single houses, condominiums and common areas of all new Sansiri projects will be installed with 100-percent solar roofs. In 2023, the target is to install more solar roofs in the clubhouse areas of all 48 new projects and in the common areas of 60 new condominium projects.
This projection is in-line with Sansiri’s determination to install solar roofs covering every segment to fulfill the increased demand and needs of the residents, while also expanding the installations to other branches of Sansiri’s business in the drive towards the Net-Zero target. These include: The latest precast factory which is the first fully green precast factory and the only one in Thailand to support Sansiri’s project exponential growth in 2023; The Standard, Hua Hin; The Peri Hotel in Khao Yai and Hua Hin and Satit Pattana School. The target is to install the combined capacity of 812 kW which will help save approximately 5.5 million baht per year in electricity cost.
Furthermore, the solar-powered lighting in the common areas of all new housing projects has been installed as target in more than 63 projects this year. This will have already reduced carbon emission by over 5 tons carbon, equivalent to planting 529 trees and have saved about 430,000 baht per year in electricity cost for residents and the projects. In addition, residents in older projects under the management of Plus Property Company Limited may access clean energy from solar roofs easier in the cooperation with leading banks that offer special interest rates
in support for the increasing demand for clean energy.
Concerning support for electric vehicles (EV), Sansiri has installed EV chargers at more than 300 housing units in more 14 projects at the upper segment, including Burasiri, Setthasiri and Narasiri which has helped the residents save about 13.14 million baht in the cost of petro-carbon fuel and reduce the emission of carbon into the atmosphere by about 510 tons carbon, or equivalent to planting about 42,500 trees. The 3-year target is to installed EV chargers at an additional 2,100 housing units as well as to expand the installations in the common areas to 68 new condominium projects and more than 100 existing projects numbering about 1,000 EV chargers which will help reduce the carbon emission into the atmosphere by more than 3,570 tons carbon, comparable to planting 297,500 tress and will help save electricity cost by about 92 million baht per year for the residents and the project management fees.
Peerakarn Manakit, Chief Operating Officer of ION Energy Company Limited, the leader in integrated solar power solution services, revealed, “At present, the trend of the utilisation of clean energy from solar roof in the residential segment has increase because the people from all over the world and in Thailand has become more aware of the cooperation to help reduce the release of carbon gases into the atmosphere.
Moreover, the current technology has helped to lower the cost of installing the solar roof making it more affordable. So this has become an alternative that can help save on the cost of electricity that has reached as high as 4.72 baht per unit today and is highly likely to increase to 6 baht per unit in the next three years (Data: TTB). This factor will mean that the installation of the solar roof will reach the break-even point faster to only within 4-5 years.”
For the first time in Thailand! ION Energy is cooperating with Sansiri, which is the largest real estate partner for ION Energy’s solar roof business in the application of new innovation, namely, the 2-in-1 solar roof tiles which are targeted to be installed at the clubhouse of the luxurious Baan Sansiri Bangna project in 2024. In addition, ION Energy along with Sansiri and other energy partners are involved in the research and development process to develop batteries to store clean energy for residences within 2030 at affordable prices compared to today when the prices are still quite high. Furthermore, Sansiri residents can manage the usage of electricity obtained from solar roof in real time through the Sansiri Home Service application that can check the amount of electricity use and production, and to calculate and assess the usage. The application can also calculate the energy saving compared to the planting of trees and the reduction of carbon emission, monitor the system operation and the warning system that are being developed for future use.
Peerapatr Sirichantaropart, Managing Director of Sharge Management Company Limited, the leader of the EV Charging Ecosystem, said, “12.6 percent of the world’s emission of greenhouse gases was from travel and transportation. Therefore, the trend in the usage of electric vehicles or EV will continue to grow due to increasing demand arising from the trend towards behavioural change amongst car users around the world that will lead to the revolutionisation for a better environment. This is especially true in Thailand where we have a serious traffic problem resulting in the high emission of PM2.5 particles in the past few years.
This is in tune with our joint mission with Sansiri to realistically reduce greenhouse gases to zero by 2050. SHARGE has ramped up the installation of EV chargers in every Sansiri projects with the EV charger installation standard that has been acquired from world-class automotive brands,
such as BYD and Porsche to adapt and develop users’ experience in the ecosystem of SHARGE functions in the Sansiri Home Service application through customer insight gleaned from the data collected from over 10,000 electric vehicle users. As a result, Sansiri residents can travel conveniently, seamlessly and without any concern over any greenhouse gas emission into the atmosphere with the EV charging stations under the close partnership with SHARGE which has a comprehensive network covering every region in Thailand.”