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NEWS UPDATES 12 July 2010

Singapore installs solar panels

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A total of3,000 residential units will have solar panels installed in their precincts by year end.

The precincts include Jurong, Aljunied, Telok Blangah, Bishan, Ang Mo Kio and Jalan Besar.

This initiative comes under phase two of Singapore’s Housing Development Board’s (HDB) solar capability building programme, Channel News Asia reports.

Under it, the HDB made its single largest purchase of solar panels to date by buying them from Renewable Energy Corporation at about $2.3 million.

The decision follows a drop in the price of solar technology.

Since 2008, the price of Solar PV modules has dropped by up to 55 per cent, from $5.17/Watts-peak down to $2.33/Wp.

Working with American consultancy Camp, Dresser & McKee, HDB will also embark on a study in Punggol.

The study aims to develop a set of Key Performance Indicators in the areas of water, energy and waste reduction.

An Urban Systems Model, which supports planning decisions by simulating performance against sustainability objectives will also be developed.

The results are intended to help HDB's overall planning process.

Tay Kim Poh, CEO, HDB, says: "When we are able to put in place the renewable energy in the form of solar panels it will help to reduce energy consumption within the HDB estates.

The solar energy will help to offset the energy consumption in the common areas - and that will save money for the town councils which will eventually translate into savings for the residents as well.

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