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Public housing apartments in Singapore to be fitted with solar inverters

Nurdianah Md Nur | July 22, 2015
The move will support the growth of solar energy adoption in the republic

Common facilities of 400 public housing apartments in Singapore will soon be powered by more than 800 solar inverters made by power and automation technology group ABB.

The move will help raise the adoption of solar power to 350 Megawatt-peak (MWp), which is projected to make up 5 percent of the peak electricity demand in 2020.

Supplied through Singapore's solar leasing company SunSeap, ABB's TRIO solar inverters will convert clean solar direct current (DC) electricity into alternating current (AC),with 98.3 percent efficiency for grid integration. ABB expects the inverters to convert 2.4 Gigawatt-hours (GWh) of power per month, which is equivalent to the electricity consumed monthly by 6,490 public houses in Singapore.

"Solar is a key contributor towards green and sustainable electricity supply. At grid parity, it is now economically competitive in Singapore, giving rise to new business models such as solar leasing that help achieve renewable energy goals without heavy state incentives," said Johan de Villiers, country managing director of ABB in Singapore.

"As the 'brains' behind solar photovoltaics and the grid interface, advanced inverter technology is critical in the adoption of solar, enabling the integration of solar power to the grid, and across building automation, energy storage, electric vehicle charging and smart grids, to enable a truly smart city," he added.


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