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Solar panels yet to shine in Singapore

Tedious research and high cost are putting home owners off solar panels

Published on May 24, 2014 1:24 PM

Solar panels ought to be all the rage in sunny Singapore.

After all, there is no shortage of sunlight and the savings on electricity bill are sweet. Still, architects and building industry players say more needs to be done to entice local home owners to install them.

Mr Lim Hong Kian, director of designshop.architects, has incorporated solar panels into six houses over the last four years - compared to seven homes without them in the same time period.

"There is that initial capital outlay that puts off many home owners, even if you can make back the cost in a few years," says Mr Lim, 41.

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