UTILITIES | Staff Reporter, Singapore

Sembcorp to build rooftop solar systems for 848 HDB blocks

Construction will begin Q3 of 2018.

Sembcorp Industries (Sembcorp) subsidiary Sembcorp Solar Singapore (Sembcorp Solar) won a 50- megawatt project from the Housing & Development Board (HDB) and the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB).

According to an announcement, Sembcorp will build, own, operate and maintain grid-tied rooftop solar systems with a total capacity of 50 megawatts across 848 HDB blocks under the West Coast and Choa Chu Kang Town Councils and 27 other government sites in Singapore.

Sembcorp Solar’s winning bid was put together with one of its appointed engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) players, Kurihara Kogyo Co., Ltd. This project is part of the SolarNova programme, a whole-of-government effort spearheaded by HDB and EDB to accelerate the deployment of solar photovoltaic systems in Singapore and drive the growth of Singapore’s solar industry.

Construction of the rooftop solar systems by Sembcorp will begin in the third quarter of 2018 and is targeted to be completed by the second quarter of 2020.

Sembcorp’s combined solar energy portfolio in Singapore now extends to 104 megawatts of capacity situated across more than 1,500 sites in the country. The company said this is enough to power around 27,400 four-room HDB flats in Singapore per year.

At present, Sembcorp has over 2,500 megawatts of renewable energy assets, comprising wind and solar power projects across Singapore, China and India.

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