Singapore: Sembcorp Solar awarded 50 MW rooftop PV tender

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The project, which will see Sembcorp Solar construct, maintain and operate the 50 MW of rooftop solar PV, is part of the SolarNova initiative, launched in 2014 by Singapore’s HDB and EDB to accelerate the development of solar PV within the country.

Construction on the 50 MW is set to begin in the third quarter of this year, while operations are slated to start in the second quarter of 2020.

It will comprise grid-tied rooftop solar systems, which will be spread across 848 HDB blocks under the West Coast and Choa Chu Kang town councils, and 27 other government locations in Singapore.

The investment amount was not disclosed. The project will be internally funded, however.

Once complete, estimates say that SolarNova will generate 420 GWh of clean energy per year, which translates to around 5% of the country’s total energy output, and an equivalent of 88,000 four room EDB-owned apartments.

EDB has also stated that under the SolarNova program, a further 220 MWp of solar PV will be progressively rolled out over the coming years, to align with Singapore’s plans to generate 350 MWp by 2020.