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Launched in 2014, the SolarNova programme is a Whole-Of-Government effort led by the Economic Development Board (EDB) and HDB to accelerate the deployment of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in Singapore. This programme helps to promote and aggregate demand for solar PV across government agencies to achieve economies of scale, as well as drive the growth of Singapore’s solar industry.
EDB works with us to aggregate demand from various government agencies, and also provides funding for government agencies to conduct feasibility studies and determine their solar PV requirements. These studies are conducted by the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS), the appointed technical consultant for the SolarNova programme.
Government agencies can thus benefit from the SolarNova programme by leveraging on our experience and achieve cost-efficiency through aggregated demand.
The SolarNova programme will generate an estimated 420 GWh of solar energy annually. This is about 5% of Singapore’s total energy consumption or equivalent to powering 88,000 4-room flats. We will progressively roll out 220 MWp of solar panels across 5,500 HDB blocks within the next few years, which will align with Singapore’s plans to generate 350 MWp of solar power by 2020.
SolarNova Phase 1 and Phase 2 tenders have been launched in 2015 and 2016 respectively. This will add another 94 MWp of solar PV panels to be installed across an estimated 1,500 HDB blocks. We will continue to launch SolarNova tenders until 2020, when the overall solar PV target of 350 MWp will be reached.