REC panels in Singapore’s largest solar project

Norway’s REC is supplying the solar panels for two utility-scale solar energy projects for self consumption to go ahead in Singapore this year and early 2014.

Developed and operated by Phoenix Solar Pte Ltd, the two rooftop installations are expected to generate a collective 2,359 MWh of power and save 1,189 tonnes of CO2 each year.rec

“We are delighted to be part of these new projects,” said Luc Graré, senior vice president solar sales and marketing, REC. “[..] REC is excellently positioned to serve the local market, having established its own factory at the centre of the action – right in Singapore – to produce high-performing solar panels for the Asia region.”

One installation for a large retailer, CMM Marketing Management Pte Ltd, will be Singapore’s largest solar power facility. Phoenix Solar will install this system using 4,700 REC 255 Peak Energy solar panels to create an 11,000 m² array providing at least 1.2 MW.

At the other solar installation at Singapore Sports Hub, a sports and entertainment centre now under construction, REC will provide an array of 2,721 REC 260 Peak Energy solar panels. The system will generate over 919,100 kWh of energy every year. The panels will also act as a sunshade for the roof, reducing the heat conducted to the building.

“Both the projects are illustrative of a wider trend in Singapore to large-scale rooftop projects,” said Christophe Inglin, MD of Phoenix Solar. “With land at a premium in the city state, rooftop systems are the location of choice, and the new larger-scale installations provide excellent commercial (and environmental) ROI: investors can now expect a solar power generation project to pay for itself within seven to ten years.”

According to REC, solar capacity in Singapore is expected to double to 20 MW or more by the end of 2013.

Source: Renewable Energy Focus

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