Solar heats up in Singapore

Government looking to increase use of green energy source.

Solar power is becoming an increasing priority for Singapore Government, as a spate of projects have been announced over the past year. This week, national water agency PUB announced a nine month study to determine whether solar panels can be installed at the country’s reservoirs. Large amounts of space have been set aside in Singapore to ensure water security. “The reservoirs, with their open surface area, offer much potential for solar energy generation,” PUB said. Ten reservoirs have been identified for the S$338,000 study, which will also look at waterworks and water reclamation plants. The agency is already assessing a floating solar power system for one of its reservoirs. This follows on the heels of a project by Singapore’s Economic Development Board and Ministry of Trade and Industry. The SolarNova project aggregates public sector energy demand and leases solar power on behalf of agencies. It is looking to grow the solar market in Singapore, which could provide two thirds of the nation’s power, according to estimates. Currently, Singapore generates 90% of its energy from natural gas. The Housing Development Board is also looking to increase its use of the technology. It plans to have installed solar panels on 400 HDB blocks, powering lifts, lighting and water pumps.