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Singapore - Renewable Energy

Singapore is currently placing a lot of attention on energy conservation and energy efficiency. The Inter-Ministerial Committee on Sustainable Development (IMCSD) has published a Sustainable Singapore Blueprint which outlines strategies to help the country achieve greater energy efficiency and expansion. Solar power is available in some instances, although not many homes rely on it at the moment. As of 2012, 120 grid-connected commercial solar PV installations with a total capacity of 5.26 MWp were in effect in Singapore. There were also 36 households with solar PV installations connected to the grid, making up 0.29 MWp of capacity. The Economic Development Board (EDB) has created the Solar Capability Scheme (SCS) to help individuals and businesses offset capital cost in installing solar technologies in the new energy-efficient buildings. More information can be found on their website at

Kamatex Solar is the main solar provider. Solar panels, solar batteries, and other solar products are available through them. You can find out more information on their website at

Although the government is interested in the wind capabilities of the island, there is currently no grid-tied installation functioning on wind energy.

Biofuel, a cleaner alternative, can be found in Singapore if you have a vehicle that takes diesel fuel. Alpha Biofuel at offers bulk sales, retail locations, and oil collection. Singapore is also home to the world’s largest biodiesel plant, which can produce a whopping 800,000 metric tons of fuel per year. The plant produces fuel from waste animal fat and vegetable oil and can provide a 40% to 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in comparison to fossil fuels.

In 2012, seven companies involved in the solar and renewable energy sector made announcements at the Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW). Trina Solar, Juwi, ReneSola, Sait-Gobain and GL Hassan all announced that they would be opening regional head offices in Singapore. The companies are looking at Singapore, with its position as a global financial center, as a place to further develop solar and alternative energies. The GL Group offers not only solar energy but other renewable energy sources such as wind, wave, and tidal.

It is hoped that an energy resource center will be formed so that additional research can be carried out that will allow better energy-efficient designs and the retrofitting of existing, older structures to make them more energy-efficient.

A large solar system project is estimated to be completed in February 2013. Upon completion, it will be the biggest at one location in Singapore and generate as much as 1.2 million kWh of clean energy a year. It is anticipated that it will meet the electricity needs of 250 four-room residential apartments in Singapore.

Currently, the high rises of Punggol Eco-Town use alternative energy resources and are attempting to be greener. The town uses enhanced greenery and has reduced their consumption of water and energy. It is also promoting recycling. The roofs are covered with plants to help lower the temperatures of the buildings and the towers face away from the sun and are painted white which helps keep them cooler. Solar energy is used to power elevators, lighting and water pumps.

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