SINGAPORE: A new concept that seeks to remove the hassle of installing bulky solar panels and drive down the costs of installation and maintenance is catching on among companies, schools and Housing and Development Board HDB flats. Called "solar leasing", any organisation can lease solar panels under a 20-year contract with the leasing company taking care of designing, financing, maintaining and operating the solar photovoltaic PV systems. The tenants will pay 20 per cent of upfront costs and a monthly flat rate that is not higher than the retail electricity tariff rate.
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This looks amazing! Perhaps one day we will see such homes in Asia and Singapore…
Virginia Tech’s Lumenhaus, a solar-powered home that won the 2010 Solar Decathlon Europe, provides a glimpse into future living. Take a tour through the home and listen to Joe Wheeler, one of three primary faculty members who worked on the project with more than 200 students, explain the home’s features and how it may change the way we live and use energy.
SINGAPORE: The Housing and Development Board HDB has made its single largest purchase of solar panels to date. The panels bought from Renewable Energy Corporation are worth about S$2.3 million. They will be installed in the 4th quarter of this year at six HDB precincts covering about 3,000 residential units. The precincts are Jurong, Aljunied, Telok Blangah, Bishan and Ang Mo Kio. The procurement is part of HDBs efforts towards a more eco-friendly and sustainable environment for public housing. HDB carried out its first solar panel installation at Serangoon and Wellington precinct in 2008. The trial programme achieved a 10 per cent reduction in energy consumption.
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