Shonalie Raha, one of our Energy Consultants, shares her passion for renewable energy, and how she couldn’t help but work in clean energy. Read her journey and insights on the industry below.
You are an Energy Consultant at Sun Electric. Can you tell us a little bit about your role?
As an energy consultant at Sun Electric, my role is to help businesses go green by keeping them aware of the clean energy options they have access to. Many people are stunned as they are used to thinking they are stuck using the same electricity provider without knowing that there are green options available. It is a humbling moment to see establishments who aren’t usually “sustainable” switch over to solar after a quick conversation!
Why did you decide to work in solar?
After completing my university degree in Environmental Studies, I have always been hungry to learn beyond my textbooks. All throughout my course there was a common message; the one that renewable energy is the only thing that will not only help to sustain us, but also “save” the planet. So upon moving to Singapore, I was thrilled to hear about a company that allows business owners to receive clean electricity without inconvenience to them. Sun Electric fills a gap in the market that allows businesses to go green, something I think will be extremely successful in sunny Singapore.
How would you describe Sun Electric?
Each day at Sun Electric is a new experience, because we are still in the start up phase. Each day poses a new set of hurdles and victories. As my first job out of university, I am enjoying my time at Sun Electric, its amazing to be surrounded with people who have the same common goal – of making Singapore a more sustainable city. Additionally, I enjoy how though I may be on the retail end of things, I am able to learn about rooftops and the rooftop process easily.
Tell us about a project you’ve recently worked on that you’re excited about.
I recently brought on board Lian Hock Hardware and Lian Hock Industries, a 10-shop franchise in Singapore. These shops have been around for years. I am excited to bring clean energy to them.
Where do you see the industry going in the coming years?
Something has become very clear to me, that solar energy will soon be the norm. Especially for places like Singapore where we receive sun for a large proportion of the time. This sector is able to provide consumers with a reliable stream of electricity with 0 to no emissions.
I think that going forward in the next 5 years or so. As the environment receives even more attention in the media, the mandate for businesses and tenants/homeowners to include clean energy as part of the plan to reduce their carbon footprint will be very strong.
What is something random / fun about you that not a lot of people know?
I once went on a silent 10-day meditation retreat. I’m unsure how I made it because I talk constantly, but I’m still here!
What is the best book you’ve ever read?
The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger.