Half Of All HDB Rooftops To Have Solar Panels By 2020, Says Chan Chun Sing

Singapore On Track To Meeting Its Solar Power Target By 2020

On Tuesday (29 Oct), Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing, at the Singapore International Energy Week 2019, said that Singapore is on track to meeting its solar power target of 350 megawatt-peak by 2020.

Because the target will soon be reached, Singapore has come up with a new target which aims to produce enough solar power for 350,000 households by 2030. That’s about 1/4 of the total number of households in Singapore now.

To meet this target, the government will be installing more solar panels on HDB rooftops. According to Mr Chan, half of all HDB rooftops will have solar panels by next year.

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Solar panels can power 57,500 4-room flats

Now that we’ve met the 2020 solar target of 350 megawatt-peak, HDB says there will be enough power from solar panels to power 57,500 4-room HDB flats.

The energy will go to powering common services like the lifts, lights and water pumps.

This reduces carbon emissions by up to 138,500 tonnes each year.

A greater move towards solar power

With climate change at our heels, countries are stepping up efforts to reduce their carbon emissions. Small as Singapore is, we aren’t doing any less.

Earlier in June, PUB said that they hope to deploy a large-scale floating solar panel system at Tengeh Reservoir.

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Separately, energy firm Sun Cable has plans to build a massive solar farm in Australia which can potentially supply about 20% of Singapore’s electricity.

This move towards solar energy is a great step towards conserving our environment. Kudos to all those involved in the effort!

Featured image adapted from HDB.

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