• Published Date: 02 Oct 2019

                The Housing & Development Board (HDB) has awarded the fourth solar leasing tender to Sunseap Leasing Pte Ltd under the SolarNova programme, a whole-of-government effort led jointly with the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), to promote and aggregate demand for solar photovoltaic (PV) systems across government agencies to achieve economies of scale, and to drive the growth of Singapore’s solar industry.


    2          Under the tender, installation of solar PV systems at 1,218 HDB blocks and 49 government sites is expected to begin in 1Q 2020 and complete by 3Q 2022 (see Annex for the full list of sites). Called in December 2018, the fourth tender received eight bids from both local and foreign companies.


    3          With this latest tender, a solar PV capacity of 70 megawatt-peak (MWp) will be reaped islandwide, a 40-percent increase from the last awarded tender of 50 MWp. This will generate more clean energy, help to further reduce carbon emissions, and aid in mitigating the effects of climate change.


    4          As the largest driver for the installation of solar PV systems in Singapore, HDB contributes significantly to the national solar energy target of 350 MWp by 2020, with more than 60 percent coming from HDB’s solar initiatives and programmes. This enables the generation of 277 GWh of clean energy annually, which is equivalent to powering about 57,500 4-room flats with clean energy, and potentially reducing carbon emissions by 138,500 tonnes each year.


    5          The clean and renewable energy generated by PV panels on HDB blocks will be used to fully power common services in HDB estates, such as the blocks’ lifts, lights and water pumps in the day. These blocks are able to achieve net-zero energy consumption with excess solar energy channelled back to Singapore’s electrical grid.


    By 2020, 5,500 HDB blocks will be fitted with or identified for solar PV installation, bringing clean energy to more than 50 percent of housing blocks islandwide


    6          As of August 2019, about 2,000 HDB blocks have been fitted with solar panels, and solar PV installation at another about 2,370 HDB blocks is in progress.


     7         HDB’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr Cheong Koon Hean said, “HDB is a key player in the development of green and sustainable towns and estates in Singapore. From pioneering the installation of solar PV systems in our housing estates more than a decade ago, to becoming the largest adopter of solar energy today, we will continue to ramp up efforts to harness solar energy and do our part to prepare for climate change.”


    8          Installation works under the first three tenders in the SolarNova programme is estimated to complete by end 2020.


    About the Housing & Development Board (HDB)

    The Housing & Development Board (HDB) is the public housing authority in Singapore.  Born in a crisis in 1960 to address an acute housing shortage situation, HDB has today successfully housed more than 80 percent of Singapore’s resident population in well-designed apartments located in comprehensively planned housing estates.  Beyond the hardware of public housing, the building of communities is also of utmost importance to HDB.  HDB has earned much international acclaim, including winning the 2010 United Nations Habitat Scroll of Honour Award, the most prestigious human settlements award in the world to date. For more information on HDB, visit the HDB InfoWEB at www.hdb.gov.sg


    About the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB)

    The Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), a government agency under the Ministry of Trade and Industry, is responsible for strategies that enhance Singapore’s position as a global centre for business, innovation, and talent. We undertake investment promotion and industry development, and work with international businesses, both foreign and local, by providing information, connection to partners and access to government incentives for their investments. Our mission is to create sustainable economic growth, with vibrant business and good job opportunities for Singapore. For more information on EDB, please visit www.edb.gov.sg.