The sunny island nation is harnessing the power of the sun to charge the development of its clean energy industry. In the run up to the Asia Clean Energy Summit in October 2017, Eco-Business looks back at the evolution of Singapore’s solar sector over the last decade.

Building facades that can generate electricity from the sun, movable solar systems, and floating solar energy plants—if this sounds like a vision of the future, that’s because it is for space-crunched Singapore.

These innovations form the centrepiece of the island nation’s ongoing push to develop solar technologies suited for cities like Singapore, known as “urban solar”.

The 720 square kilometres city-state has the third-highest population density in the world. The lack of space means that Singapore is left with mainly building rooftops on which to install solar panels, says Goh Chee Kiong, executive director, cleantech and cities, infrastructure & industrial solutions, Economic Development Board, the national agency that helps international and local businesses grow in Singapore.

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