Friday, February 4, 2011

Solar Firm Announces Solar Farm in Philippines

A solar energy firm in the Netherlands has expressed its intention to establish 50-megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic power plants in the Philippines.

SunConnex B.V. is eyeing to construct large power plants all over the country, Jos Schlangen, the firm's business development manager, said this weekend.

Schlangen said SunConnex is waiting for the feed-in tariff computations before it starts putting up solar photovoltaic generating facilities.

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.

Last year, the Philippine Solar Power Alliance said that at least 300 megawatts of solar power projects will materialize until 2013 on the heels of the upcoming feed-in tariff rate.

"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 at that time.


1 comment:

kip said...

i like the idea of solar power replacing consumption fossil fuel to fossil fuel dependent nations. can this be realized in an African nation such as the South Sudan where the solar resource is abundant?