Sunseap to install 170,000 solar panels in HDB blocks from 2020
Solar panels are set to be installed in Housing Board blocks managed by the Pasir Ris-Punggol and Holland-Bukit Timah town councils, in a move to reduce Singapore's carbon emissions and, in turn, the effects of climate change.
Work will begin in the first quarter of 2020, said the HDB yesterday when it said the tender had been won by local clean energy provider Sunseap.
This is the fourth such contract to be awarded, and it involves 1,218 HDB blocks and 49 government sites that include 30 educational institutions and the National Library in Bugis.
It is also Sunseap's second contract under the Government's SolarNova programme, which compiles solar demand from various agencies to enjoy economies of scale.
The latest tender will reap a solar capacity of 70 megawatt-peak, 40 per cent more than the last awarded tender of 50 MW-peak.
This could potentially offset about 42,152 tonnes of carbon emissions, an amount typically generated from powering about 17,500 four-room HDB flats every year.
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Sunseap Group chief executive Frank Phuan said his firm will deploy at least 170,000 bifacial solar panels - the latest in solar technology - for the project.
The bifacial solar panels can generate power on both sides and as such, increase energy yield by up to 15 per cent. They are also more durable, lasting up to 30 years, compared to the usual 25 years, he said.
Mr Phuan said: "When this project is completed, Sunseap would have installed solar systems on top of more than 2,700 HDB blocks or more than 27 per cent of all HDB blocks."
The HDB wants solar panels in 5,500 blocks by 2020. As it is, the board already generates enough energy to power 57,500 four-room flats and reduce carbon emissions by 138,500 tonnes every year.
As of August, about 2,000 HDB blocks have been fitted with solar panels and installation at another 2,370 blocks or so is in progress. The solar power can be used for common services such as the lifts and the water pump.
HDB chief executive Cheong Koon Hean said the board is a key player in the development of green and sustainable towns and estates in Singapore, adding that it "will continue to ramp up efforts to harness solar energy and do our part to prepare for climate change".