• Published Date: 14 Dec 2018

         The Housing & Development Board (HDB) has called the fourth solar leasing tender under the SolarNova programme, aggregating multi-agency demand for the installation of solar panels across 1,218 HDB blocks and 49 government sites. Including this fourth SolarNova tender, HDB has committed a solar capacity of 230 megawatt-peak (MWp) for over 4,550 HDB blocks, exceeding HDB’s targeted solar capacity of 220MWp to be reached by 2020. HDB is also on target to have 5,500 HDB blocks to be fitted with or identified for solar installation by 2020.


    2     Led jointly by HDB and the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), the larger scale of this latest tender of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems will enable a bigger total solar capacity of 70 MWp to be reaped islandwide, a 40% increase from the previous tender’s 50 MWp. With this larger solar capacity, more clean energy can be generated, which also contributes to further reducing carbon emissions.


    3     In addition to existing agencies which have participated in the previous tenders, such as HDB, Ministry of Education (MOE) and National Environment Agency (NEA), this tender will see another four government organisations participating for the first time, bringing a total of 12 government agencies on board the SolarNova programme. The four new agencies are the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF), Yishun Health, the National Library Board (NLB), and the People’s Association (PA).


    4     This multi-agency solar leasing tender will close on 8 February 2019, and is targeted to be awarded in 2Q2019.  Installation of the solar PV systems is expected to be completed by 1Q2022. The full list of government organisations and sites covered under the fourth SolarNova tender is attached in Annex A.


    Harnessing Solar Energy in HDB Estates


    5     HDB is currently the largest stakeholder in the installation of solar PV systems in Singapore. With solar PV capacity of 230 MWp, 277 GWh of clean energy can be generated annually – this is equivalent to powering about 57,500 4-room flats, potentially reducing carbon emissions by 138,500 tonnes each year. The solar energy harnessed is used to power common services in the HDB estates like lifts, lighting in common areas and pumps.


    6     HDB’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr Cheong Koon Hean said, “Through our 10-year journey in driving solar initiatives and accelerating solar adoption island-wide, HDB is now the largest stakeholder in solar PV installation today. HDB has committed to fulfil over 60 percent of the 350 MWp of solar capacity that Singapore has planned to achieve by 2020, and we are delighted to have exceeded our target two years in advance. HDB will continue to push the frontiers of sustainability, and grow our solar capabilities in support of Singapore’s collective efforts to promote sustainable development.”


    5,500 HDB blocks across the island will be fitted with or identified for solar installation by 2020


    About SolarNova


    7     The SolarNova programme aggregates demand for solar energy across public sector agencies to enable those with smaller solar PV demand to enjoy solar energy at a lower cost due to economies of scale. This is expected to accelerate solar adoption in Singapore and will contribute strongly to Singapore’s plan to raise the adoption of solar power to 350 MWp by 2020.


    8     As the largest stakeholder in the installation of solar PV systems in Singapore, HDB acts as the government’s central procurement agency for solar panels. Upon the award of the tender, the individual government organisations will oversee the installation of the solar PV panels for their buildings.


    9     Based on the current business model of solar leasing, HDB (and other participating organisations taking part in the bulk tender) need not fund any portion of the upfront cost for such solar projects. The user parties managing the respective HDB blocks and government buildings will enter into a power purchase agreement with the private sector developer to pay for the solar power consumed, at a preferential rate that will not go beyond the prevailing electricity tariff rate.


    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.