SOLAR POWER in the Philippines
Investors in solar power dev’t await pricing mechanism
Solar group expects 300 MW in new projects to materializeINVESTORS in the commercial development of solar power technology see
"massive deployment" of relevant products and services as soon as the government
approves the pricing scheme for the sector, an industry group said in a
The Philippine Solar Power Association (PSPA) said in its statement that its
members see the development of a total of 350 megawatts (MW) of capacity from
this resource in the next three years.
The statement quoted PSPA President Tetchie Cruz-Capellan as saying the capacity
will consist of 125 MW this year, 130 MW next year and 95 MW in 2013.
"For 2011, PSPA is hopeful on the implementation of the feed-in tariff,"
Ms. Capellan said.
"Having said this, we anticipate a massive deployment of solar power in
/She noted that "solar energy is the only renewable energy technology capable
of deploying plants in less than a year," compared to three to four years
for fuel-fired power plants.
Ship, solar panels eyed as PHL major export productsAt least 300 megawatts of solar power projects will materialize in the
next three years on the heels of the upcoming feed-in tariff rate, the
Philippine Solar Power Alliance said Monday.
There will be an aggressive installation of solar plants in the country
immediately after the government releases the feed-in tariff for renewable
energy, the group said.
“Owing to the high sun irradiation found in a tropical country like the
Philippines, the targeted installation throughout the country in the next
three years is projected at about 300 MW. This number of solar plants, as well
as the presence of the world’s largest solar panel manufacturer in Laguna, will
make the Philippines a solar hub in Southeast Asia," Philippine Solar convenor
Tetchi Capellan said.
The declining cost of solar panels, with the introduction of the feed-in
tariff in Europe, has pushed the price of solar projects down, the alliance
As soon as the same incentive is offered to solar energy producers in the
Philippines, solar power plants will expand from 1MW to 50MW in less than a
year, the group said.
Feed-in tariff is a fixed payment to renewable energy providers as an incentive
to reduce the country’s dependence on imported fossil fuel.
The concept originated from the European Union 10 years ago, and was
aggressively used by European Parliament to increase the share of renewable
energy to the total energy portfolio of the European electricity market.
A feed-in tariff system is likewise being introduced in the Philippines under
the Renewable Energy Law to encourage private sector participation in the
development of solar power.
Ships+Solar=Solar-Powered Cargo Ship To Transport Toyota Motor VehiclesShips and solar panels are presenting growth opportunities for the Philippine export sector, the Department of Trade and Industry said in a statement Friday.
Trade Secretary Gregory Domingo said that ships and solar panels are among the country's export products that pose "further growth potential," as electronics, motor parts, minerals, coconut, food products, and business process outsourcing services continue to grow.
"Developments in existing and new export businesses give us a broader view on how we can strengthen our international competitiveness," Domingo said, pointing out that it is essential to look into products or services that will become an important source of the country's future export earnings.
Domingo said that export growth trends "depict dynamic shifts in the global supply chain and challenge us to craft our strategies" to the fullest.
SunPower claims new solar cell efficiency record of 24.2 percent
First Philec Solar Corporation Inaugurates its new wafer-slicing plantAlthough we’ve seen sunlight to electricity conversion efficiencies of over 40 percent with multi-junction solar cells in lab environments, most mass-produced cells can only boast a conversion rate of around 15 percent. Now SunPower Corp., a Silicon Valley-based manufacturer of high-efficiency solar cells, solar panels and solar power systems, has claimed a new world record solar cell efficiency of 24.2 percent.
Solar cell efficiency is the rate at which the cells capture and convert sunlight into energy. The 24.2 percent efficiency record for large-scale silicon wafers was confirmed by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) on a full-scale prototype produced at the SunPower Corp.’s manufacturing plant in the Philippines.
FIRST Philec Solar Corp. inaugurates Building 2, unveils test facilityOn June 18, 2008, First Philec Solar Corporation inaugurated its wafer
slicing facility in First Philippine Industrial Park in Sto. Tomas, Batangas.
The plant is the first large-scale silicon wafer-slicing company in the
Philippines. FPSC is 80% owned by First Philippine Electric Corporation (First
Philec) and 20% by SunPower Manufacturing Limited.
FIRST Philec Solar Corporation (FPSC) opened its new facility worth P230 million
at its manufacturing plant in First Philippine Industrial Park, Sto. Tomas,
The event was graced by Lopez Group chairman emeritus Oscar M. Lopez, Lopez
Holdings Inc. chairman Manuel M. Lopez, Sunpower Philippines VP for operations
Greg Reichow, Trade and Industry Secretary Gregory Domingo, First Philippine
Electric president Arthur de Guia and Tanauan Mayor Sonia Aquino.
3. FUTURE DEPLOYMENTS
Clark airport to use solar power system
Foreign Firm to Harness Solar PowerCLARK FREEPORT — The Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) has
tied up with a renewable energy company for the usage of solar power inside the
Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA).
This is part of CIAC’s industry-defining project that will make DMIA as the
country’s premiere international gateway airport and a competitive services and
logistics hub in the Asia-Pacific Region.
CIAC and the Energy Logics Group (ELG) signed on Friday a memorandum of
agreement (MOA) for the conduct of engineering and feasibility studies on
Renewable Energy Systems within the properties of the 2,367-hectare Clark Civil
Korean firm to invest $160 million in 2 solar power plants in PH.ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines – A Hong Kong-based company will undertake a
feasibility study (FS) to determine the viability of developing and operating
solar energy projects here in the city.
The conduct of a feasibility study was made possible through a Memorandum of
Agreement (MoA) signed early this week in Makati City with Department of Energy
(DoE) Secretary Rene Almendras, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary
Gregory Domingo, and other officials in attendance.
Megaworld set to complete first solar-powered BPO buildingMANILA, Philippines - Youil Ensys, one of South Korea’s largest renewable and engineering power firms, is looking at investing some $160 million into the country’s solar power industry.
Scott Kim, Youil chief executive officer, told reporters over the weekend that its local office, Youil Renewable Energy Corp., will be putting up two solar farm facilities in Negros and Bohol.
He said they plan to construct a 30- megawatt solar power facility in a 70-hectare land in Negros with a project cost of about $120 million.
Another 10 MW is also being eyed by the company in Bohol with an estimated cost of $40 million.
Kim said they expect to put up these plants within six months after securing all necessary approvals.
But he said they would still be waiting for the approval of a feed-in tariff (FIT) before pushing through with these projects.
FIT offers guaranteed payments to renewable energy developers over a period of time.
MMDA eyes energy savings by using solar traffic lightsMegaworld Corporation, the country’s top residential condominium and business process outsourcing (BPO) office building developer, is proving to be a pioneer once more by being the first to install solar panels in a BPO office project — One Campus Place in McKinley Hill Cyberpark, Fort Bonifacio. The project is set to be completed soon.
Megaworld has commenced the installation of a 30-kW solar power generating system, one of the biggest in the Philippines. Solar panels capture the sun’s energy and convert it to electricity.
Deep Ocean Power Plans Wind, Solar Projects in PhilippinesMANILA, Feb 11 (PIA) – Despite costly installation, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is keen on transforming the Metro’s conventional-powered traffic lights into solar-powered ones as the agency would save more than 50 percent of its electrical expenditures on using the latter.
The MMDA expects to save up to P4.5 million a month with the use of solar-powered traffic lights but admitted the savings will not come immediately due to huge amount needed to be disbursed in acquiring solar panels.
MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino said on Thursday the amount represents half of the P9 million the agency spends monthly to run traffic lights and street lights in major thoroughfares.
He said the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is now working out the technology for the proposed solar-powered traffic light system.
On the other hand, Tolentino said another concern for the new solar-powered traffic lights is how to make the transition from conventional power to solar power.
Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) approves $125-M wind, solar projectsDEEP OCEAN Power Philippines Inc., the country’s first company to harness ocean thermal energy in the country, plans to put up wind farms and solar power projects within the 36 sites that have been approved for ocean energy development.
“Each site will be used not only for ocean thermal energy conversion but for onshore and offshore wind farms and solar energy as well, if it is determined they are suitable for such technology,” said Jonathan Wong, Deep Ocean Philippines vice president for project development.
According to Wong, each of the 36 sites could potentially generate 10 to 300 MW in new capacities from various sources, including ocean thermal, wind or solar power.
For now, Wong said the company was concentrating on finalizing plans to construct its first ocean thermal-powered facility by the middle of this year. He did not disclose additional details on the upcoming project.
However, Deep Ocean Philippines chair Alberto V. David Jr. earlier said that the planned ocean thermal power plants would be located in Panay and Mindoro with an initial capacity of 10 to 20 MW.
Lopez firm to build first solar power plant in CaviteMANILA, Philippines—The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority has approved the construction of a wind farm and solar-power facility, worth a combined $125 million, at Mt. Sta. Rita and Redondo Peninsula.
Both projects will be spearheaded by local firm Subic Wind Power Generation Inc. (Swpgi), a subsidiary of China’s Sunnew Investments Ltd.
According to SBMA chairman Feliciano Salonga, Swpgi had initially sought the free-port authority’s approval to put up and operate a $75-million wind farm in the area.
While conducting ocular inspections of the sites, however, the company decided to also establish a solar-power facility, jacking up its required investments to $125 million.
The wind farm will be composed of 25 wind turbines that can yield 50 megawatts (MW) of electricity. The solar-power facility is seen providing another 150-200 MW of capacity.
Foreign firm eyes 30MW solar power farm in Davao CityMANILA, Philippines - First Philec Solar Solutions (FPSS) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with ORDC for the construction of a solar power plant in Cavite. The FPSS solar power plant is projected to deliver 2 MW (megawatts) and is scalable to 5 MW in the coming years. FPSS's 2MW power plant will be Luzon's first ground-mount utility-scale solar installation. The plan is to register the project with the Department of Energy (DoE) and have the power exported to the grid.
The first FPSS installation was at sister company First Philec Solar Corporation in Sto. Tomas, Batangas. This installation now supplies 75 kWp (kilowatt-peak) of electricity expanding to 200 kWp in the future. The ORDC project, the second for FPSS, is the company's largest foray into solar installation.
Negros Oriental sitios to be energized by solar powerDAVAO CITY (Mindanews) — A foreign company is eyeing to put up a 30 megawatt solar power farm in Davao City.
Jason Magnaye, head of the government-run Davao City Investment Promotion Center (DCIPC), said the city is currently looking for a 30-hectare site that will fit the topographic specifications required for the project.
Magnaye, however, refused to reveal the identity of the company, saying that everything was still at the negotiation level.
He said the company is ”definitely a private one, foreign-owned with local operations.”
Cepalco to build more 4 solar power plantsDUMAGUETE CITY, Negros Oriental (PIA) - Communities in far-flung areas,
from Canlaon City to Mabinay will soon see light at nightfall with the
Department of Energy (DOE) choosing the Negros Oriental Electric Cooperative 1
(NORECO 1) as one of the pilot electric cooperatives in the country to receive
the Solar Homes System Unit.NORECO 1 General Manager Juveleo Acabal, in an
interview with PIA ,said that the cooperative is expected to receive 300 units
of said system, valued at p35,000 each, totaling to some P10.5 million.Acabal
said the units will be installed for free in far-flung unenergized areas covered
by NORECO 1 with a cluster of households, and will serve as an alternative
ADB allots $2.25B for solar projectsTHE Cagayan Electric Power and Light Co. (Cepalco) Inc. is investing P2.24 billion to build four more solar power plants in Misamis Oriental to augment its power sources for the next twenty years.
In its disclosure to the Department of Energy, Cepalco said its plans to build four solar facilities with a capacity of 5 megawatts each, in Kirahon, Villanueva. Each facility is expected to cost P560 million.
Based on the timeline given by Cepalco to the DOE, it targets to put up one solar power plant every five years beginning 2015 until 2030. These projects have been listed as “indicative” by the DOE, which means the applicant company has yet to complete the necessary permits/clearances and financial closing
Filipino-Japanese firm building wind-solar power plant in PangasinanMANILA, Philippines—The Asian Development Bank targets to increase the amount of solar power generated in the Asia-Pacific region six-fold to 3,000 megawatts by mid-2013 to help improve energy security within the area.
In the Philippines, solar power producers are aggressively preparing to install power facilities that can generate some 300 MW over the next three years, buoyed largely by the abundance of resources and anticipation for feed-in-tariffs.
BANI, Pangasinan, Dec. 8 — A joint Filipino-Japanese corporation is building a US$ 10-million wind-solar power plant here next year in a tie-up with the Philippine National Oil Company (PNOC).
Mike Euda, president of the Mecaro Rio Dista Energy Corporation whose major partner is Toyota Corporation of Japan, said his company is building the project on a part of a 60-hectare property made available by the municipal government of Bani headed by Mayor Marcelo Navarro Jr.
The site is Bani’s counterpart to the project in its bid to produce five megawatts of electricity from a mixture of solar and wind energy, said Euda.
Pointing out that the town is among five sites chosen by the company, Euda said at least 20 percent of the five megawatts will come from wind energy and the rest from solar energy.
4. EXISTING PROJECTS
Solar power lit up PSHS-Diliman
CEPALCO 1-MW Photovoltaic Power PlantSolar power lit up the main campus of the Philippine Science High School
in Diliman, Quezon City, a joint effort of PSHS Batch 1985 that’s celebrating
its 25th year and the Wilfred and Bonnie Uytengsu Foundation.
“Our batch wanted to donate something that would have far more lasting impact
than the usual monetary or material donations,” says batch president Farley
Aguila. This led Aguila’s batch to Brightbox Inc., a media and technology
solutions company founded by batch mates Jason Hernando and Ramil Sevilla.
“For us, it was more than just providing the school with long-term cost savings
associated with solar-powered lighting. We wanted the students to experience
this innovative technology firsthand,” Hernando and Sevilla explained.
Masbate villages get solar energy
The developing world’s first and largest (at the time of its inauguration in
2004) on-grid solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant, the 1MWp polycrystalline
silicon-based PV plant and connected with the distribution network of Cagayan
Electric Power & Light Co., Inc. (CEPALCO) in Cagayan de Oro City, has completed
its third year of commercial operations with greater than expected annual energy
production. From the start of tis commercial operations on September 26, 2004,
the PV plant has exported to CEPALCO a total of 4,169,100 kWh or an average of
1,389,700 annually, which is 10% higher than the expected annual energy
generation of 1,261,400 kWh. At its current generating capacity, the PV plant
supplies the equivalent requirement of no less than 900 CEPALCO residential
CEPALCO’s 1MWp plant, with installed costs close to 5.3 Million US Dollars, uses
6,500 solar panels on 2 hectares of land and was partially funded by the Global
Environment Facility (GEF) which was facilitated by the World Bank through the
International Finance Corporation. The GEF fund is a loan that turns into grant
after five years of successful operation of the PV plant by CEPALCO. The turnkey
contract was awarded to Sumitomo Corporation of Japan. Sharp of Japan
manufactured the PV modules while Sansha manufactured the inverters. The balance
of system components were procured locally.
RP’s 1st rooftop-installed solar facility openMANILA, Philippines - A private energy firm has put up 5,129 solar panels
in impoverished barangays in Masbate province.
Paris Manila Technology Corp. (Pamatec) has executed the Philippine Rural
Electrification Service (PRES) through a French loan worth 17.5-million euro
borrowed by the National Power Corp.
The project, completed last December, provides an electricity rationing system
of 200 kilowatt-hours per day for houses fitted with solar panels.
At night, residents get their power supply from batteries, which can last for
three to four years.
Solar panels: Embrace the sun to power homesThe first solar facility to be installed on rooftop is now open at the
First Philippine Industrial Park in Tanauan, Batangas.
It is a project of the First Philec Solar Corporation, a member of the Lopez
Group of Companies.
The Philippine Solar Power Association (PSPA) called the opening of the facility
a significant proof of the viability of solar energy in the country.
It demonstrates how solar electricity can be deployed in months, shows the
adaptability of solar plants to grid conditions, and how solar energy can be
used for industrial and residential purposes.
The First Philec solar facility has a 180KW grid capacity. Its construction
started in September this year and was inaugurated two months after.
PNOC INAUGURATES 1ST SOLAR CORPORATE CAMPUS IN SOUTHEAST ASIAMANILA, Philippines—When the whole of Metro Manila was plunged into
darkness after Tropical Storm “Ondoy” devastated the capital in late September
2009, Naderev “Yeb” Saño’s house was the only one in his neighborhood that
remained lighted at night.
While everyone else did their chores and sat to dinner by candlelight, the Saño
family had power thanks to the solar power kit that Saño had installed in his
house in Barangay Bagong Silangan, Quezon City, more than a year ago.
Unlike the rest of Metro Manila, which endured power blackouts for several days
after the typhoon, the Saño household could plug on the radio or the television.
There was power for cooking, and for doing the laundry.
The Saño household’s electricity bill reached as much as P2,000 in the past.
Since using sun power, it has been cut by half, said Saño.
Solar power plant serves 236 houses in Pangan-anThe Philippines’, and also Southeast Asia’s first, central solar powered streetlights were switched-on last November 9, 2009 at the Energy Center Compound and highlighted the Philippine National Oil Company’s 36th anniversary celebration.
“Walk the talk!” This is what PNOC President & CEO Antonio M. Cailao stressed when he talked about the project. “The best way to interest people in your campaign for renewable energy is to have people witness and experience first-hand its benefits to appreciate the project,” he added.
And this is what the Philippine National Oil Company exactly did when it converted some 58 regular streetlamps into solar powered lamp posts in its Fort Bonifacio compound
Shalani helps unveil 1st solar-powered school in NCRTHE first centralized solar power plant in the Philippines is currently serving 236 households in Pangan-an Island, Lapu-Lapu City.
The plant, which was started in 1998, is a joint project of Belgium and the Philippines. The Pangan-an Island Solar Electrification Project (PISEP) had an initial investment of P22 billion.
Of the 400 households in the island, 236 are using the solar panels as their source of electricity. Residents are asked to minimize usage of their appliances and no one is allowed to plug in refrigerators.
MANILA, Philippines - A local public high school in Valenzuela City is now the first solar-powered school in the National Capital Region following the donation of six solar panels by an American corporation.
Sitero Francisco Memorial National High School (SFMNHS) in Barangay Ugong, Valenzuela City recently received a 1kW photo-voltaic solar array from the Wanxiang America Corporation through the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). The solar panels costing more than P500,000 will be used to light a nine-classroom building this June.
For four years, school principal Cesar C. Villareal pushed for solar energy initiative as one of his flagship projects. Science department head Jameson H. Tan looked for potential donors and found FEE. In October 2009, the solar panels were shipped from Illinois, USA and arrived in Manila in November that year.
The Valenzuela city government shouldered the duty tax and installation costs.