Off-Grid Solar Policy Toolkit

This Off-Grid Solar (OGS) policy toolkit is designed to assist governments in creating an enabling environment for OGS and pay-as-you-go (PAYG) sector growth by establishing policy reforms determined through a structured process of inter-ministerial policy dialogue. It identifies 12 key policy issues and considers the advantages and disadvantages of different policy approaches to each issue. The toolkit then outlines a step-by-step process that governments can use to facilitate policy dialogue, providing guidance and tools at each step.

Singapore solar deployment

Solar deployment models

There are three solar deployment models that you, as the JTC lessee, may consider and choose from:

Rooftop licensing

A solar vendor will install PV panels on the premises and pay rental to you. The solar-generated energy is then exported to the national grid by the solar vendor.

Solar leasing

A solar vendor will install PV panels on the premises. The solar-generated energy is thereafter sold to you at a discounted rate, to offset your building power consumption.

Joint Press Release by HDB & EDB: HDB and eight other Government Organisations participate in next Solar Leasing Tender under Solarnova Programme

The SolarNova programme led by EDB, in partnership with HDB, aggregates demand for solar energy across public sector agencies. This results in economies of scale which lowers the cost of electricity generated from solar energy, and thus accelerates solar adoption in Singapore. The SolarNova programme will contribute strongly to Singapore’s plan to raise the adoption of solar power to 350 MWp by 2020.

Whole-of-government coordination to accelerate solar deployment

  • Singapore has been taking pragmatic and measured steps in promoting solar energy as a sustainable renewable source.
  • Launched in 2014, the SolarNova program is a whole-of-government effort to accelerate the deployment of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems.
  • The government took the lead in rolling out the rooftop PV systems across public housing and government buildings in collaboration with solar developers.

HDB to Bring Solar Energy to Over 8,000 Blocks through SolarNova Programme

The Housing & Development Board (HDB) has called the seventh solar leasing tender under the SolarNova programme. The SolarNova programme, led jointly by HDB and the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), accelerates the deployment of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in Singapore and helps drive the growth of Singapore’s solar industry. It is also an integral part of the HDB Green Towns Programme (GTP), which aims to make HDB towns more sustainable and liveable. Including this SolarNova tender, HDB has committed a total solar capacity of 380 MWp for about 8,400 HDB blocks.

DBS Bank provides SGD40 million loan facility to Sembcorp Industries for Singapore's first single large-scale floating solar photovoltaic system

Singapore, 20 Aug 2020 - DBS Bank has provided a SGD40 million loan facility to Sembcorp Industries (Sembcorp) to build a 60 megawatt-peak (MWp) floating solar photovoltaic (PV) system on Tengeh Reservoir in Tuas. The bank is the sole financier for the project.

Tengeh Reservoir floating solar farm officially opens, 'big step' towards environmental sustainability

This is equivalent to powering about 16,000 four-room HDB flats and reducing carbon emissions by about 32 kilotonnes annually, the same as taking 7,000 cars off the roads.

An environmental impact study, which included biodiversity surveys, water quality monitoring and modelling, along with consultations with nature groups was carried out on the site between 2015 to 2018. 

Results from PUB’s testbed deployed at Tengeh Reservoir in 2016 showed no observable change in water quality nor significant impact on surrounding wildlife, said PUB and Sembcorp.

Where Sun Meets Water: Floating Solar Market Report


  • Floating solar technologies are paving the way to significantly scale up the use of solar energy around the world, especially in countries with high population density and where land is a constraint
  • This first-of-its-kind market report estimates the global potential of floating solar, even under conservative assumptions, to be 400 gigawatts (GW). That is roughly the total capacity of all solar photovoltaic installations worldwide at the end of 2017

The Tuvalu Solar Power Project

The report describes an e8-funded small-scale solar power system project in Tuvalu together with lessons learned and success factors. The e8 comprises of 10 leading electricity companies from the G8 countries promoting sustainable energy development through electricity sector projects and human capacity building activities in developing nations worldwide. The project was inaugurated on February 21, 2008 and intends to decrease reliance on fuel and to enhance renewable energy-based electrification in the small island state of Tuvalu. Tuvalu is one of the places on earth most vulnerable to th