First eco-town in Punggol, solar panels in more HDB precincts

Plans are underway to turn Punggol into Singapore’s first eco-town as part of the sustainable development blueprint.

The aim is that over the next five years, energy consumption in public areas will go down by up to 30 percent while energy use in households is targeted to decrease by 10 percent.

HDB said that as a new town, Punggol is perfect as a test bed for green technologies. These include facilities in carparks for people to power up their electric cars, and solar panels to generate electricity.

HDB CEO, Tay Kim Poh, said: “We will provide a lot more greenery in the town in terms of park, green connectors, roof gardens. Buildings will be designed so there is good cross-ventilation, and they don’t really have to use their air-con.”

A pilot scheme in Serangoon and Sembawang estates to use solar power has also seen energy consumption drop by 40 percent.

It will soon be extended to Tampines, Marine Parade, Tanjong Pagar and Bukit Panjang estates.

The aim is to install solar panels at 30 housing estates over five years.

Source : Channel NewsAsia – 28 Jan 2010

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