Government pushes solar power in buildings

The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) is in discussions with the Department of Energy (DOE) on the possibility of making it attractive for building owners in business districts to use solar power.

Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia said increased use of solar power in business centers would help reduce the country’s power requirements.

“Solar power and renewables are faster to implement than coal fired power plants but also has limited power capacity and are space intensive,” he said.

“But solar panels can be strapped on rooftops. So if solar panels are installed in buildings in Makati and Manila, that would be a lot of relief on our power supply requirements,” he added.

He said Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi has not opposed the idea.

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