Tag: philippines

08
Jan

Philippines’ Solar usage ranked 1st in the developing world

This year, the Philippines has been ranked at number No. 1 among the developing countries in Asia in terms of the use of solar PV systems for electricity generation, according to a Dutch consultancy firm.

“The Philippines is still relatively young when it comes to solar development, but was able to get seven active projects ranked in the top 50 list,” Solarplaza research analyst Marco Dorothal said in a report.

PV solar array in the Philippines

PV solar array in the Philippines

He also added that the biggest operational project in the Philippines was currently the 132.5-megawatt Cadiz solar power plant developed by Helios Solar Energy Corp., which was a joint venture between the Thailand-based Soleq Solar Co. and Gregorio Araneta Inc.

Solarplaza also noted that last year in March, the local firm Solar Philippines started erecting a 150-MW solar plant in Tarlac, making it the largest solar power project so far for the country.

Solar Philippines has also opened the country’s first PV module factory!

As of June last year, Solarplaza announced that the Philippines’ solar power installed capacity had reached 900 MW.

Even though the Philippines is going through some policy changes, the government is still supporting solar and the renewable energy sector.

“According to the International Energy Agency, solar power is turning into the cheapest source of new electricity generation capacity in many countries, especially in Asia,” the article provided.

“Solar is forging ahead in global power markets as it becomes the cheapest source of electricity generation in many places, including China and India,” IEA executive director Fatih Birol stated.

The IEA expects that over the next 25 years, the world’s growing energy needs are met first by renewables and natural gas as fast-declining costs turn solar power into the cheapest source of new electricity generation.

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14
Sep

Philippines: President Duterte inaugurates expanded 800MW Philippines solar module factory

‘Filipino president Rodrigo Duterte, on August 23rd, inaugurated the Philippines first solar module manufacturing facility with an expanded capacity of 800MW at Santo Tomas, Batangas, owned by renewable energy firm Solar Philippines.

Solar Philippines launched the factory as a 200MW plant in March and has since then expanded the facility to 800MW.

Leandro Leviste, founder and CEO of Solar Phippines, told PV Tech that the company already has three OEM agreements with Chinese companies for manufacturing and exporting the majority of the panels to both the US and Europe.

Solar Philippines CEO Leandro Leviste presents a “Duterte Edition” solar panel to President Rodrigo Duterte. Also on stage are DOE Secretary Alfonso Cusi, PEZA Director General Charito Plaza, and Solar Philippines COO Roy Oyco. Credit: Solar Philippines

Solar Philippines CEO Leandro Leviste presents a “Duterte Edition” solar panel to President Rodrigo Duterte. Also on stage are DOE Secretary Alfonso Cusi, PEZA Director General Charito Plaza, and Solar Philippines COO Roy Oyco. Credit: Solar Philippines

In both these markets there are existing tariffs against imports directly from China.

The firm entered the PV manufacturing space following the closing of two factories run by US firm SunPower in the Philippines. Back in March a company spokesperson told PV Tech that the factory is managed and staffed by the former team of SunPower Philippines.

Earlier this year, the firm started construction on the first utility-scale solar project to be combined with battery energy storage in the Philippines, with 150MW of PV and a 50MWh battery at Concepcion, Tarlac, using modules from the Batangas factory. Commisioning is due in the next few months.

Leviste added that the firm is working on an off-grid 8MWh energy storage project combined with 4MW of solar in the island Mindoro. This solar, diesel and battery micro-grid project will be able to power a whole town and again Leviste believes it will be the largest such project in Asia.

Leviste said the firm is set to install 200MW of solar PV this year, followed by 500MW in 2018, at tariffs as low as US$0.058/kWh, which he claimed could be the lowest in the region. The firm also recently submitted proposals to the country’s utilities for the replacing of plans for large capacities of traditional power generation with 5GW of solar.

In a release, Leviste said: “Filipinos can save 30% on electricity. The average family paying 3,000 pesos will see their bill decrease to 2,000 pesos a month, and now with the latest batteries, entire towns can use solar energy for 24-hours a day.”

 

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