(EnergyAsia, November 5 2012, Monday) — At least seven companies involved in the solar and renewable energy sector made major announcements at the Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW) which took place on October 22 to 25.

Trina Solar, MEMC, Juwi, ReneSola, Saint-Gobain, GL Hassan and Yingli Solar issued statements related to their plans and operations in Singapore and the region during the 2012 Photovoltaic Asia Pacific Conference and Expo that was part of SIEW.

Trina Solar, an NYSE-listed integrated manufacturer of solar photovoltaic (PV) products, German renewable energy developer Juwi, ReneSola, Sait-Gobain and GL Hassan all announced the official opening of their regional head offices in Singapore.

Trina Solar and ReneSola said their Singapore offices oversee not only the Asia Pacific region, but also the Middle East and Africa.

Trina, which established its Singapore regional head office last year, said it provides management functions covering administration, sales, project development, R&D, logistics and purchasing operations.

ReneSola Ltd, a leading global manufacturer of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules and wafers, said the new office will also drive sales and business development for the company in Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

Europe’s Saint-Gobain Solar, which designs, manufactures, distributes and markets building materials and solutions for housing, said it has started a Singapore office to drive sales in the region.

Nicolaj Dahl, the company’s commercial director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific, said:

“Our entry into South East Asia & Pacific is a natural move for our business. Solar energy has an increasingly important role to play in energy generation. Our presence in the region will allow access to a premium PV module that is reliable and highly efficient. Our product and ambitions have already sparkled a substantial positive interest from major stakeholders in the region.’

At its new Singapore office, GL Garrad Hassan has appointed senior investment and strategy adviser Ragna Schmidt-Haupt to market its renewable energy services, with a strategic focus on solar investment.

The company said it is targeting Singapore for further expansion due to its status as a regional hub for investors, banks, manufacturers and project developers. Its strategic location and favourable tax and administrative regime are cementing its role as a platform for renewable energy investment in Southeast Asia.

Comprising Germanischer Lloyd, GL Noble Denton and GL Garrad Hassan, the GL Group in Singapore offers a full range of classification, engineering, oil & gas, renewables (wind, solar, wave & tidal) and software services from a single location.

NYSE-listed MEMC Electronic Materials Inc and its solar energy subsidiary, SunEdison, said they will establish an energy research centre in Singapore with the support and cooperation of the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB). The centre, which will be located within MEMC’s existing Singapore facility, will focus on solar energy research and development to improve energy yield and grid integration.

“This research will enable us to retrofit older systems to make them more efficient, and design the most efficient systems of the future,” said Nagendra Cherukupalli, SunEdison’s vice president and chief technology officer of Systems R&D.

MEMC, a global leader in semiconductor and solar technology, established its regional office in Singapore in 2006. Through SunEdison, MEMC is also a developer of solar power projects and a worldwide leader in solar energy services.

From its new regional head office in Singapore, Juwi, a leading German renewable energy project developer, is targeting to expand into Japan, Taiwan and India.

In September, Juwi and a local partner developed a one-MW solar power plant in southern Japan to produce electricity for 300 households. The plant will be connected to the grid by mid-December. In Jyn Lin province, Taiwan, the company is installing photovoltaic systems on eight rooftops.

The German firm has been most successful in India where it has completed five solar projects with a combined capacity of 22MW since October 2010.

Yingli Solar, another Chinese-owned NYSE listed company, said its has secured a deal with Keppel Corp to instal Singapore’s largest solar system project.

The company said wholly owned subsidiary Yingli Green Energy Singapore Company Pte Limited will supply one MW of multicrystalline PV modules to SolarGy Pte Ltd, a Singapore-based PV system integrator, to install the plant at the Ulu Pandan NEWater Plant.

The project is owned by K-Green Trust and will be managed by Keppel Seghers NEWater Development Co Pte Ltd (KSND), both companies owned by Keppel Corp. SolarGy is responsible for the project’s engineering, procurement and construction.

When completed in February 2013, it will be the largest solar PV installation at one location in Singapore, generating 1.2 million kWh of clean energy a year to meet the electricity consumption of 250 four-room residential apartments in Singapore.

The project will utilise around 4,000 pieces of Yingli 245 Wp high efficiency multicrystalline modules over the roofs of the plantrooms spanning an area of approximately 10,000 square metres.