- Sunseap Leasing has emerged as the winner of the fourth edition of Singapore’s SolarNova tenders winning 70 MW capacity
- It plans to deploy more than 170,000 bifacial solar panels on 1,218 HDB blocks and 49 government sites
- Construction will begin in Q1/2020 and completion is due for Q3/2022, as per HDB and EDB that selected Sunseap out of eight bids
Sunseap Leasing Pte Ltd is the winner of the Singapore’s 4th rooftop solar PV auction. It was awarded all of 70 MW tendered in December 2018 through the Housing & Development Board (HDB) and the Economic Development Board (EDB) of Singapore. Beginning Q1/2020, rooftop solar PV systems will now be installed for 1,218 HDB blocks and 49 government sites with completion due in Q3/2022.
The 70 MW is also an increase of 40% over 50 MW awarded in the third tender in 2018 (see Singapore Awards 50 MW Rooftop PV Tender).
Oil & gas major Shell backed Sunseap beat seven other bidders to win the tender. It plans to install over 170,000 bifacial solar panels for the capacity it has secured under the government’s flagship program SolarNova to encourage government agencies to adopt solar.
This happens to be the second SolarNova auction won by Sunseap. It already won the inaugural tender in 2015 for 76 MW capacity. According to HDB, the installation work for 76 MW, 40 MW and 50 MW—awarded under the first three SolarNova auctions—is expected to be complete by the end of 2020 when 5,500 HDB blocks will be fitted with solar PV panels or identified for solar PV installations.
As of August 2019, about 2,000 HDB blocks have been fitted with solar panels and work is in progress in about 2,370 HDB blocks.