Sports Hub goes green with solar panels at new National Stadium

The upcoming Singapore Sports Hub is turning to solar energy to meet some of its electricity needs. Solar panels will be installed across an area of approximately 7,000sq m at the much anticipated sporting arena in Kallang, which is expected to open
The upcoming Singapore Sports Hub is turning to solar energy to meet some of its electricity needs. Solar panels will be installed across an area of approximately 7,000sq m at the much anticipated sporting arena in Kallang, which is expected to open in April next year. -- PHOTO: PHOENIX SOLAR

The upcoming Singapore Sports Hub is turning to solar energy to meet some of its electricity needs. Solar panels will be installed across an area of approximately 7,000sq m at the much anticipated sporting arena in Kallang, which is expected to open in April next year.

The panels will generate 707 kilowatts-peak (kWp) of electricity, enough to offset the energy used by the cooling system at the new 55,000 capacity stadium.

The panels will be designed and constructed by solar energy firm Phoenix Solar. It has signed a 21-year solar energy purchase agreement with the Sports Hub, ensuring that the arena has stable electricity prices over that period.

Other major organisations that have recently opted for solar power in a big way include the Housing Board which last month called its largest solar-leasing tender to date, for a company to own and operate panels on some 125 blocks in Ang Mo Kio, Sengkang, Serangoon North and Buangkok.

Supermarket giant Sheng Siong will also be installing panels at its distribution centre, while the Newater plant in Ulu Pandan has begun doing so.