Singapore Meets Its 2020 Solar Deployment Target
22 Apr 2020
Singapore achieved its 2020 solar deployment target of 350 megawatt-peak (MWp) in the first quarter of this year.
energy is one of the key switches in Singapore’s Energy Story in which we co-create a cleaner, affordable
and more reliable energy future. With climate change, how we produce and use
energy will see shifts as well. The government and industry are working closely
to deploy cleaner energy solutions such as solar energy. (Refer to Annex A for
more information on Singapore’s Energy Story.)
3. The solar
installation that helped cross the 350MWp mark is a 6MWp rooftop solar
installation at an industrial facility at 40 Penjuru Lane, a CapitaLand
industrial property held under Ascendas Real Estate Investment Trust. The solar
panels were installed and operated by Sembcorp Industries. This partnership between
CapitaLand and Sembcorp Industries allowed the industrial facility to reduce
its carbon footprint, and the excess electricity generated is sold on the
wholesale electricity market. CapitaLand is also on Sembcorp’s newly launched
renewable energy certification (REC) aggregator platform and will use the RECs
to power its corporate offices and properties with 100% renewable energy.
4. Mr Ngiam Shih Chun,
Chief Executive of Energy Market Authority said, “In our efforts towards
greater sustainability to tackle climate change, Singapore will increase solar
adoption as solar is our most viable source of renewable energy. With strong support
from stakeholders such as the commercial and industrial companies, we have
successfully met the 350MWp solar target this year. We will press on towards
the next solar target of at least 2GWp by 2030 and will continue to work with our
stakeholders to make this possible”.
5. Set in
2010, the 350MWp target for 2020 is equivalent to powering about 60,000
households for a year. Looking ahead, Singapore is now setting its sights on
the next target of at least 2 gigawatt-peak (GWp) of solar deployment by 2030.
This is equivalent to powering about 350,000 households for a year.
6. Aligned with JTC’s ambition to make
industrial estate more environmentally friendly to support businesses, JTC will
be rolling out extensions for two of its solar initiatives, namely the next
phases of the SolarLand programme and the SolarRoof programme, to optimise the
use of over 740,000 sqm of industrial land and roof space, equivalent to about
103 soccer fields. Estimated to contribute over 82MWp of solar energy capacity towards the
2030 national target, it will generate about 78,000MWh to power over 14,600 households
and reduce over 32,000 tonnes of carbon emissions per year.
7. Following the roll out of the first two phases
at Jurong Island and Changi Business Park, JTC issued a tender for the third
phase of its SolarLand programme in February this year. This will maximise the
use of over 560,000 sqm of temporary vacant land all across Singapore to deploy
more than 67MWp of solar energy capacity. The system is made modular and
flexible by using mobile PV panels and hybrid SPPG substations, and can be
redeployed when the land is needed for other uses.
8. To better use industrial roof space, JTC will be
issuing a tender in the first half of 2020 for the second phase of its
SolarRoof programme to create an additional 15MWp of solar energy capacity.
Launched in 2016, the SolarRoof model enables the direct export of solar
electricity generated from rooftops to the national power grid. Besides JTC’s
industrial buildings, JTC is also exploring to allow its lessees to tap on the
new contract for solar panel installations on their own rooftops. This aims to
further catalyse the adoption of solar deployment across Singapore’s industrial
9. “Solar energy is one of the most promising
renewable energy sources for Singapore. As the lead agency for industrial
development, JTC is partnering the industry and customers to make our
development more sustainable. Our SolarLand and SolarRoof programmes aim to
overcome some of the constraints faced by the local solar market, such as space
constraints and high capital costs. Through these efforts, we hope to reduce
the carbon footprint and optimise the use of industrial land and roof spaces by
installing solar panels to contribute clean energy to Singapore.” said JTC’s
Group Director of Engineering, Calvin Chung.
(Refer to Annex B for photos of 40 Penjuru Lane and installations of
SolarLand and SolarRoof.)
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 Sembcorp Industries has partnered CapitaLand
Group to install and operate rooftop solar farms at six properties owned by
CapitaLand’s business space and industrial real estate investment trust,
Ascendas Real Estate Investment Trust. The installation formed the
largest combined rooftop solar facility in Singapore by a real estate
investment trust. 40 Penjuru Lane is one of the properties under this
soccer field = 7,140sqm
Annex A - Factsheet for Singapore Energy Story
Annex B - Photos of Penjuru Lane, solar installations of SolarLand and SolarRoof
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