• Published Date: 10 Dec 2015

          The first SolarNova tender covering 76 MWp has been awarded to Sunseap Leasing Pte Ltd. This is the largest tender to date in both the public and private sectors in Singapore. It will cover 831 Housing & Development Board (HDB) blocks, and eight Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and Public Utilities Board (PUB) sites. Of the combined solar PV capacity of 76 MWp committed under this tender, HDB will take up 69 MWp, MHA 6.73 MWp, and PUB 1.13 MWp.


    2      SolarNova is a government-led solar lead demand programme, spearheaded by the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB). Under this programme, EDB encourages government agencies to come together to harness solar energy to power their activities, which will in turn spur the growth of the solar industry in Singapore. SolarNova will support Singapore’s plan to have 350 MWp of solar power in Singapore by 2020. More tenders under the programme will be called over the next 4 to 5 years.


    3      On 5 June 2015, the Housing & Development Board (HDB) called the first SolarNova tender consolidating demand across multiple government agencies for installation of solar panels. The tender received expressions of interest from more than 20 local and foreign companies during the tender period from 5 June to 14 August this year. A total of 14 tender bids were received from 9 tenderers. This is the highest number of bids received for a solar leasing tender called by HDB thus far.


    4      The tender required a total installed capacity of 40 MWp on the rooftops of specified buildings. Some tenderers were able to offer a higher capacity than required after assessing the block layout plans. The winning bid from Sunseap Leasing Pte Ltd offered an installed capacity of 76 MWp. The installation is expected to complete in end 2017.


    Industry Growth


    5      The interest in the SolarNova tender reflects the strong growth momentum in the clean energy industry in Singapore. As announced during the Asia Clean Energy Summit in October 2015, the clean energy industry recently secured S$150 million in new investments.


    6      The increasing competitiveness of Singapore’s solar sector has also resulted in stronger private sector adoption, one recent landmark being Apple’s partnership with Sunseap Leasing Pte Ltd to power 100% of Apple’s operations in Singapore by solar energy.


    7      “By aggregating solar lead demand from the public sector in Singapore, SolarNova will deepen the capabilities of Singapore-based solar enterprises and in turn, spur private sector adoption of solar energy in Singapore. The escalating adoption of cost-competitive solar energy in Singapore has also opened up new innovation opportunities around smart grid and energy management, thereby strengthening Singapore’s position as the leading clean energy hub in the region,” said Mr Goh Chee Kiong, Executive Director, Cleantech, EDB.


    Harnessing More Solar Energy Moving Forward


    8      The next SolarNova tender will be called in the first half of 2016. Under the SolarNova programme, HDB has committed to progressively roll out 220 MWp of solar panels at some 5,500 HDB blocks. Including the SolarNova tender awarded today, about 124 MWp has been procured and committed for installation on HDB blocks, crossing the halfway mark of the 220 MWp target committed by HDB. These will be progressively installed and could potentially generate enough monthly electricity to provide for the monthly energy needs of 31,000 units of 4-room flats.


    9      HDB is currently the largest stakeholder in the installation of solar PV system in Singapore. By end 2015, about 400 HDB blocks islandwide will be installed with solar panels. Power generated by the solar energy harnessed could be used to power common services like lifts, lighting in common areas, and pumps. More information on HDB’s efforts in the harnessing of solar energy can be found in Annex A.


    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)


         EDB is the lead government agency for planning and executing strategies to enhance Singapore’s position as a global business centre. We dream, design and deliver solutions that create value for investors and companies in Singapore. Our mission is to create for Singapore, sustainable economic growth with vibrant business and good job opportunities.


    EDB’s ‘Home’ strategy articulates how we are positioning Singapore for the future. It is about extending Singapore's value proposition to businesses not just to help them improve their bottom line, but also to help them grow their top line through establishing and deepening strategic activities in Singapore to drive their business, innovation and talent objectives in Asia and globally.


    For more information on EDB, please visit www.sedb.com