Updated: 08/29/2014 03:00

Expanding the use of solar energy

The HDB’s solar test-bed site in Serangoon North Avenue 3. (© Photo:TODAY/Ernest Chua)

The HDB’s solar test-bed site in Serangoon North Avenue 3. (Photo:TODAY/Ernest Chua)

The use of solar energy in Singapore is set to widen. 

The Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Education are looking into harnessing this clean energy. 

National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan, in a blog post said MINDEF has expressed interest to install solar panels on the rooftops of their camps. 

MOE is also looking into using the rooftops of schools. 

Mr Khaw said they will ride on HDB's bulk tenders for solar panels, and enjoy lower costs due to economies of scale. 

He said the first demand aggregation tender will be called next year. 

The Minister said that HDB is taking on the role of helping other government agencies harness solar energy. 

Singapore plans to raise the adoption of solar energy to 350 Megawatt-peak by 2020, the bulk of which will come from solar panels on the roof tops of some 5,500 HDB blocks. 

This could generate enough power to provide for common services and household in a town the size of Woodlands. 

Three hundred more HDB rooftops will be fitted with solar panels next year.

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