Distributed solar energy plan launched in the Philippines
Such facilities in the Philippines should be installed mostly on rooftops because there is a lot of arable and productive land which should be used for food production rather than for solar power generation,
Rooftop solar power project launched to prove viability, Business World, 5 June 12, THE ASIAN Development Bank (ADB) said yesterday it expects solar power capacity in the Philippines to reach up to 115 megawatts (MW) by next year, as it launched yesterday its solar rooftop facility to prove the viability of this renewable energy thrust.
The multilateral lender said it estimates most of solar projects in the country will consist of small clusters that generate lower capacities of electricity rather than large facilities. ADB installed 2,040 solar panels on its rooftop which can generate around 500 kilowatts of energy or around 613 MW a year.
“Our solar rooftop project demonstrates the viability of the facility
which proves to businesses that they can use the technology as well,”
Seethapathy Chander, ADB Director General for Regional and Sustainable
Development, told reporters in a briefing yesterday.
“Due to this, we expect about 15 MW of new solar installations this
year and around 50 MW to 100 MW next year in the Philippines,” he
ADB, along with its technology and technical providers Suntech Power
Co. Ltd. and Propmech Corp., installed the panels on top of ADB’s
auxiliary building. It also received support from the Energy and
Environment departments, the local government of Mandaluyong,
distribution utility Manila Electric Co., and the Civil Aviation
Authority of the Philippines……
Such facilities in the Philippines should be installed mostly on rooftops because there is a lot of arable and productive land which should be used for food production rather than for solar power generation, said Pil-Bae Song, ADB Senior Advisor and Practice Leader
ADB is also discussing with some renewable energy groups to build
solar power charging stations for electric tricycles in tourist spots
like Boracay and Puerto Princesa.
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