Singapore has launched the country’s largest solar project to date, which will involve the installation of solar panels at eight government sites and 900 public-housing blocks across the island.
The city’s public housing agency, Housing & Development Board (HDB), on Friday launched the largest ever public-led solar leasing tender, which will see 40 MWp (Megawatt peak) installed by 2017 at sites belonging to the Ministry of Home Affairs and national water agency PUB as well as housing blocks.
The advantage of the solar leasing model is that it allows the HDB and other agencies in the tender to purchase the solar power at a preferential rate that will not go beyond the retail electricity tariff rate, and without forking up any upfront installation costs.
The tender was launched under a nationwide initiative called the SolarNova programme and led by the Economic Development Board (EDB).
The aim of the SolarNova programme is to encourage Singapore’s government agencies to use solar energy to power their buildings, which will in turn spur the growth of the solar industry in the country, the statement said.
This is the first tender to be launched under the programme, which aims to have solar power contribute 350 MWp to Singapore’s system by 2020, said the HDB and EDB in a joint statement.
Singapore’s solar industry has been growing steadily over the past few years, thanks to a drop in the prices of solar panels and the government’s policy to actively encourage the use of solar power as a cleaner energy source.
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