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Fighting For Solar Power In A Concrete Jungle


The following is an excerpt from ALOYSIUS LOW | May 24, 2018 | CNET.com |

This is part of "Fight The Power," a series about the people, organizations and countries transforming the way we think about energy for the better.

Hot, humid, sunny and home to a population of 5.7 million, Singapore may seem like the ideal spot for solar power generation, but that's not the case.

With a mere 278 square miles of urbanized land and filled to the brim with skyscrapers and apartments, Singapore lacks the space for solar farms found in much larger countries. Instead, Singapore still heavily relies on fossil fuels such as oil and natural gas to generate the 48.6 terawatt-hours (TWh) of electricity it consumed in 2017.

Much of that serves to keep its residents cool: Air-conditioning amounts for 36 percent of electrical use in homes.

While solar may seem like a wistful dream in the land-scarce island, Singapore's Energy Market Authority has set a target to generate 1 gigawatt peak (GWp) beyond 2020, which it says will be sufficient to power 200,000 four-room flats annually.

Here's how it will all go down.

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