Phoenix Solar announces plans for Changi airport using First Solar modules

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Singapore’s branch of Phoenix Solar has announced a tender to install a 250kWp Photovoltaic power plant at Changi Airport’s Budget Terminal.

This project is supported the Clean Energy Research and Test-bedding (CERT) program launched by the Economic Development Board and Clean Energy Program Office in August 2007. CERT supports this project with an aim of providing opportunities for companies to develop and test-bed clean energy applications and solutions using government buildings and facilities in Singapore.

This project will be a first for South Asia for two reasons, firstly because this area has never had a photovoltaic plant installed at a commercial airport, and secondly because this will be the first commercial application of First Solar modules in Singapore.

“We are pleased to be working with Phoenix Solar on this project,” said John Carrington, First Solar vice president of marketing and business development. “Phoenix Solar has been utilizing First Solar modules in their PV systems since 2005, when they entered into a long-term supply agreement with us. Together, we are investing in the world’s clean energy needs.”

The modules will be installed on the north and south face of the Budget Terminal using a Phoenix Solar Tecto-Sun mounting system. Together the modules will cover a rooftop area of about 2,500m² and are expected to generate over 280,000kW/year.

“We are proud to have been selected from nineteen companies that submitted their bids for this prestigious project at the Budget Terminal of Changi Airport. It would be hard to find a better location than Changi Airport for Singapore to showcase solar technology to the international community”, commented Ulrich Reidenbach, Chief Sales Officer of Phoenix Solar AG.

The project will kick off in early July 2009 while construction by the Phoenix Solar subsidiary in Singapore is expected to begin in August 2009.

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