Singapore launches 40 MWp solar tender

The tender — part of the SolarNova program, a scheme to encourage the deployment of 220 MWp of PV under the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) — will see solar modules installed at 636 HDB blocks and 31 government locations throughout the city-state.

“The SolarNova program will also build up critical system integration and project development capabilities,” said Goh Chee Kiong, executive director of cleantech for the EDB. The HDB will announce the winning bids in the first quarter of 2017, with projects to be completed by the first quarter of 2019.

All the arrays will be built at preferential rates that will fall below the retail electricity tariff rate.

Nine different government organizations — including the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Ministry of Education and the Public Utilities Board — have agreed to have solar panels installed on their buildings under the tender, which is the second to be launched by the HDB.

Unlike the first tender under the SolarNova program, companies will now be allowed to form consortiums. The participating government organizations will not providing funding for any of the projects, according to an online statement by the HDB, which serves as the government’s central procurement agency for solar panels.

Prior to the current 40 MWp tender, the agency oversaw bids to install 123 MWp of capacity under the SolarNova program.

Sunseap Leasing won the entire 76 MWp of capacity that was awarded under the first SolarNova tender last December.

The company will start building the projects in December, with completion scheduled by late 2017.

The Singaporean authorities aim to facilitate the installation of 350 MWp of solar by the end of the decade.

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