Behind the scenes of Singapore’s increasing solar deployment is a collective effort across the public sector, the private sector and individual households.
Among these are JTC’s SolarRoof programme, where companies lease out their roof space for solar panel installations. Additionally, the Housing & Development Board (HDB) has committed more than 8,400 HDB blocks to be fitted with solar panels under the SolarNova programme to date.
The residential sector is also experiencing remarkable solar growth. In 2022, private homes added a capacity of 12.1 MWp, surpassing the combined capacity of all private residential installations in 2019, a mere three years ago.
“Currently, most of our solar photovoltaic systems are on rooftops, but there’s a limit on the number of rooftops we have. To go beyond that, we are looking at other deployment sites which are more novel such as vertical solar installations on building facades and solar canopies over open areas like carparks, walkways and canals. We are also working with research institutes to develop colourful solar panels which can blend in better with our urban landscape.” said Sophie.