The Asian Energy Studies Centre (AESC), Department of Geography, Greenpeace and 350HK organised the Renewable Dialogue Workshop for Hong Kong on 4 November 2017. Over 40 citizens, potential solar photovoltaic (PV) adopters, representatives from academia, education institutions, non-profit organisations, electricity companies and private companies participated in the workshop to discuss the upcoming renewable energy feed-in tariff (REFIT) policy in Hong Kong. The workshop created a platform for different stakeholders to discuss the role that REFIT can play in Hong Kong’s energy future and its impacts on the society.
REFIT is a subsidising policy designed to scale up investment in renewable energy technologies. It generally offers long-term contracts to renewable energy producers with a fixed and favourable subsidy. The HKSAR Government will introduce REFIT under the new Scheme of Control Agreements (SCAs) with the two electricity companies first in October 2018. The design and mechanism, subsidy matters and installation barriers of REFIT in Hong Kong were the three major issues discussed.
During the event, student ambassadors introduced the Hong Kong Solar Map to the participants. With this map, participants learned about the estimated potential of generating solar energy from their rooftops and the impact of REFIT to the payback period.
The discussions at the workshop and the findings of the questionnaire will be presented to electricity companies and the HKSAR Government’s Energy Advisory Committee to assist in the implementation of the REFIT policy and development of renewable energy in Hong Kong.