Stion and Ken-Pal, a leading construction contractor in Singapore, recently completed the installation of a 1MW rooftop portfolio for Singapore’s Housing & Development Board (HBD). Founded in 1960, the Housing & Development Board is a statutory board of the Ministry of National Development responsible for all public housing in Singapore, and provides housing for over 80% of Singaporeans. The expansion of solar PV installations through solar leasing is an important part of HBD’s Roadmap for Better Living – to develop ‘Sustainable Towns’.
Ken-Pal was initially awarded the RFP over other bidders and selected Stion’s “Simply Better” Elevation Series solar modules due to the unique combination of all-black aesthetics and best-in-class warm weather performance. “We were able to leverage our industry leading temperature coefficient in the tropical climate of Singapore to help deliver 6-8% more kWh production per kW installed when compared to traditional c-Si modules,” said Amol Naik, Stion’s Director of Sales for Southeast Asia and India. “Our modules also offer better shade and debris tolerance which makes our valuation proposition even more compelling for the asset owners and project developers.”
Stion solar modules were installed on 23 of the 50 buildings owned by the HDB in 3 townships in Singapore; Ang Mo Kio, Tishun, and Choa Chu Kang.
“This project is an important large scale demonstration of the suitability of monolithic CIGS modules for large-scale housing developments,” said Frank Yang, Stion’s VP of Business Development. “HDB is making a concerted effort to reduce both energy consumption and housing costs for the people of Singapore, and we are pleased to assist in this effort by providing the highest performance solar technology for this application.”
The installation is part of the ongoing commercial and technical growth of CIGS technology in the emerging Singapore solar market. Stion has completed several high-profile installations in Singapore (see case studies below), and the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS), part of the National University of Singapore, is building a state-of-the-art CIGS pilot line to develop further improvements to the technology.
At the recent Singapore International Energy Week, Stion’s Kannan Ramanathan was invited to speak about the commercial benefits of CIGS for both installation and manufacturing.
“CIGS technology is an ideal choice for Singapore due to a combination of factors,” said Ramanathan, a 30-year veteran of solar who helped launch the CIGS research program at NREL in the US before joining Stion. “The technology has a streamlined manufacturing process and tangible performance benefits, and today we are only at the beginning of implementing various lab improvements into production which will drive single-junction CIGS toward 18-20% efficiency on the module level.”
Stion’s Director of Research, Kannan Ramanathan speaking at the Asia Clean Energy Summit in Singapore on October 28, 2015
Additional case studies on other “Simply Better” Stion projects in Singapore are included below:
Singapore South Beach Project – 200 kW
Stion’s Elevation Series modules were recently incorporated into the commercial and residential high rise, South Beach, which is strategically located within the civic, cultural and entertainment hub of Singapore’s Central Business District. South Beach’s iconic architecture is designed by Foster & Partners, with the idea of blending innovative form with environmentally sustainable design to create a distinctive, high-quality development that fits in well with Singapore’s tropical climate and urban context. This is currently the largest solar project in the Central Business District of Singapore.
“We selected Stion CIGS modules for their low temperature coefficient and in particular, their ability to minimize impact of shade and debris,” said Albert Lim of Solargy, the installation contractor for the project. “The stunning black and sleek look of the panels presents a very great aesthetic appeal.”
Sungie Buloh Wetland Reserve Parks – 85 kW
Originally opened in 1993, Sungie Buloh became Singapore’s first ASEAN Heritage Park in 2003. Today it has expanded to include over 200 hectares of mangroves, mudflats, ponds and forests. The Stion CIGS modules were selected for the brand new Visitor Centre based on their low-profile all-black appearance which blends well with the architecture. This project was also installed by Solargy.
Please contact Stion’s Director of Sales for Southeast Asia and India, Amol Naik, for interest in future projects in the region or Seth Stulgis, Senior Marketing Manager, for any media related inquires.
Stion Corporation is a leading U.S.-based manufacturer of high-efficiency thin-film solar modules and provider of solar solutions. Stion provides vertically integrated turnkey solar solutions through its Stion Energy Services, its project development arm. Stion was founded in 2006 and is backed by Khosla Ventures, the largest institutional investor in clean technology in the U.S. Stion is headquartered in San Jose, Calif. and opened its first high volume production facility in Hattiesburg, Mississippi in 2012. For more information, visit www.stion.com. For more information on Stion Energy Services, visit www.stionenergyservices.com.