HDB in big solar energy drive [News]
25 May 2011 – Green energy in public housing is getting a boost, as the Housing Board wants to double the current capacity by launching its largest-ever single solar panel scheme.
In a tender that closed this month, the HDB called for a company to own and operate panels in the eco-town of Punggol, offering to buy the electricity produced for 20 years.
The panels, or sheets, will be put up on 85 blocks and can produce 2 MWp (megawatt peak) of energy when the sun is fully out. Such an amount of energy can meet the power needs of five four-room HDB flats for a month.
But the electricity produced will not be for home use. Rather, it will be used to power lights in common areas, lifts and pumps, among other things.
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Source: The Straits Times