REC supplies Singapore's largest PV installation


Solar equipment supplier REC has agreed a deal to fit two commercial rooftops in Singapore with its solar panels, creating the country’s largest single PV installation and teaming up with its Singapore-based subsidiary, Phoenix Solar AG.

The rooftop installation for Singapore’s supermarket chain Sheng Siong Group will be fitted atop the warehouse roof of CMM Marketing Management Pte Ltd., which is the retailer’s distribution arm. This single installation – comprising 4,700 high performance REC 255 Peak Energy solar panels totaling 1.2 MW of capacity and covering 11,000 square meters – is in line to become the single largest solar installation in Singapore once complete.

Phoenix Solar AG will carry out the construction and operation of the rooftop installation, which will offset an estimated 730 tonnes of carbon emissions annually and is scheduled to enter into commercial operation before the end of 2013.

A second installation to use REC solar panels is due to be completed early in 2014. Located at Singapore Sports Hub – a modern leisure and entertainment complex currently under construction – this urban rooftop installation will cover every inch of the complex’s 7,000 m² roof, and will comprise 2,721 REC 260 Peak Energy solar panels, generating an estimated 919,100 kW/h solar energy per annum – enough to power 183 local households and offset 459 tonnes of carbon emissions.

Once again, Phoenix Solar will provide on-the-ground construction and maintenance services. "We are delighted tob e part of these new projects," said REC’s senior VP for solar sales and marketing, Luc Graré. "The fact that Phoenix Solar has again chosen REC for the two forthcoming installations testifies to the premium quality of the REC products.

"We’re also convinced our local presence makes all the difference to success: REC is excellently positioned to serve the local market, having established its own factory at the center of the action – right in Singapore – to produce high-performing solar panels for the Asia region."

Phoenix Solar’s managing director, Christophe Inglin, added: "Both installations are illustrative of a wider trend in Singapore towards large-scale rooftop projects. With land at a premium in the city state, rooftop systems are the location of choice, and the new larger-scale installations provide excellent commercial (and environmental) ROI: investors can now expect a solar power generation project to pay for itself within seven to ten years."

Singapore’s solar appetite has widened in recent years to the point where installed solar capacity is expected to reach 20 MW by the end of the year, which is double what it was 12 months ago. Although available land space is lacking, the country’s high solar radiation levels make rooftop installations a logical choice in a country that also boasts excellent distribution and finance networks.