Hong Kong Solar Partnership 2018-11-12T09:18:01+00:00

Hong Kong Solar Partnership

Who we are

Asian Energy Studies Centre and Department of Geography at Hong Kong Baptist University are spearheading the Hong Kong Solar Partnership to provide a platform for collaboration and community engagement among Hong Kong solar stakeholders.

Objectives

  • Facilitate dialogue among stakeholders and the co-production of possible solutions (e.g. workshops);
  • Try new ways of public engagement (e.g. visual arts, online solar map, Living Laboratories etc.);
  • Enhance civic empowerment (e.g. peer learning, real-time information sharing, benchmarking); and
  • Share good practice and experiences (e.g. web based platform).

Structure

Partners and Partnering Organisations

(Note: We are actively inviting more partners among industrial practitioners, academics, civil society and non-local collaborators, and anticipate to see more names added to this list in the near future.)

What we do

Themes Events / Tasks Description Proposed Timeline
Solar Communities Set up a Solar Communities Support Team
  •  The Solar Communities Support Team will consist of around five residents of prospective solar communities experienced in installing household solar.
  • They will take turns to answer enquiries from other residents interested in adopting solar.
  • They will share templates of application documentations.
September 2018 -August 2019
Share
good practice
examples
  • We will develop a collection of international case studies to share on our website and our guidebook, showcasing various examples of solar communities.
September 2018 -August 2019
Community deliberative workshop
  • We aim to host this workshop after implementation of the Renewable Energy Feed-in Tariff to check for the response of first movers.
  • We plan to recruit 50 participants from potential solar communities along with a variety of other key stakeholders to engage in dialogue through a series of deliberative sessions, and discuss the potentials, costs, and risks of different solar community scenarios.
February 2019
Solar Schools Set up a
Solar Schools Support Team
  • The Solar Schools Support Team will consist of a group of around five teachers who are experienced in installing solar in school premises.
  • This team will take turns to answer enquiries from other schools interested in adopting solar.
  • They will also share templates of application documentations.
September 2018 -August 2019
Share
good practice
examples
  • We will work with the Solar Schools Support Team to develop a user-friendly guidebook to share good practice examples for school solarisation.
September 2018 -August 2019
Solar schools workshop: “Developing school-based solar STEM curriculum”
  • We plan to gather over 20 primary/secondary schools to have interactive discussions together and have guest speakers from Japan and New York to share overseas’ good practice experience.
  • After the workshop, we would like to put together a user-friendly guidebook on solar STEM education for HK schools and produce a 20-page study report.
March –
May 2019

Upcoming & Past Events

Hong Kong Solar Map

How many solar panels can be installed on your building? How much electricity will they generate annually? How much they cost and how much they save? Hong Kong Solar Map helps Hong Kong residents answer these questions and many more!

Hong Kong Solar Map was developed through a collaboration between Hong Kong Baptist University, WWF-HK, and Greenpeace. The map is the first of its kind in the Greater China region.

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Research & publications

Solar research projects

Title: Engaging the Community to Develop a Model for Sustainable Energy Futures: A Case Study of Two Prospective Solar Communities in Hong Kong
Funding Body: Policy Innovation and Co-ordination Office’s Public Policy Research Funding Scheme
Project Period: September 2018 – August 2019
Investigators: D. Mah (HKBU), K. Lo (HKBU), Q. Zhou (HKBU), M. Leung (CityU), R. Chung (HKU), W. Law (HKU), M. Wolfram (Sungkyunkwan University), F. Yeung (Greenpeace)

Title: Solar Schools in Hong Kong – Potentials and Challenges
Funding Body: Greenpeace East Asia
Project Period: February – December 2018
Investigators: D. Mah (HKBU), M. H. Chan (HKBU), M. Leung (CityU)

Title: Renewable Dialogue Workshop for Hong Kong
Funding Body: Greenpeace East Asia
Project Period: September – December 2017
Investigators: D. Mah (HKBU), K. Lo (HKBU), P. Hills (HKBU)

Title: Attitudes and perceived drivers and barriers to solar policies: Perspectives of stakeholders in Hong Kong
Funding Body: Greenpeace East Asia and World Wild Fund for Nature (HK)
Project Period: January – December 2016
Investigators: D. Mah (HKBU), K. Lo (HKBU), P. Hills (HKBU), M. Leung (CityU)

Title: Potential of Rooftop Photovoltaics in Hong Kong
Funding Body: CLP Power Hong Kong Ltd
Project Period: October 2015 – June 2016
Investigators: D. Mah (HKBU), M. Leung (CityU), A. Lo (HKU) and P. Hills (HKU)

Solar publications

Journal Papers

Mah, D. N.-y., Wang, G., Lo, K., Leung, M. K. H., Hills, P., & Lo, A. Y. (2018). Barriers and policy enablers for solar photovoltaics (PV) in cities: Perspectives of potential adopters in Hong Kong. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 92, 921-936. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rser.2018.04.041

Lo, K., Mah, D. N.-y., Wang, G., Leung, M. K. H., Lo, A. Y., & Hills, P. (2018). Barriers to adopting solar photovoltaic systems in Hong Kong. Energy & Environment. doi:10.1177/0958305X18757402

Consulting Reports

Mah, D., Cheung, D., Wang, M. & Lo, K. (2018). Renewable Dialogue Workshop for Hong Kong (A Study Report). Hong Kong: Asian Energy Studies Centre; Greenpeace; 350HK. (Download)

Mah, D., Lo, K. & Hills, P. (2017). Hong Kong’s Solar PV Future: Stakeholder Perspectives (A Study Report). Hong Kong: Greenpeace; Worldwide Fund for Nature. (Download)

Mah, D., Wang, G., Lo, K., Hills, P. & Lo, A. Y. H. (2016). Policy Analysis on the Potential of Rooftop PV in Hong Kong. Hong Kong: CLP Power Hong Kong Limited.

Case examples

Solar schools, households and communities

We will develop a collection of international case studies of urban solar good practice to share on our website and our guidebook, showcasing various examples of school and community solarisation.

Solar support teams

The solar support teams will respond to specific enquiries from fellow community members and schools, share document templates for solar adoption.

Solar Communities Support Team

  • The Solar Communities Support Team will consist of around 5 residents of prospective solar communities experienced in installing household solar.
  • They will take turns to answer enquiries from other residents interested in adopting solar.
  • They will share templates of application documentations.

Solar Schools Support Team

  • The Solar Schools Support Team will consist of a group of around 5 teachers who are experienced in installing solar in school premises.
  • This team will take turns to answer enquiries from other schools interested in adopting solar.
  • They will also share templates of application documentations.