DoE approves grid impact study for 13 projects

THE Department of Energy (DoE) has cleared 13 power developers to have their projects assessed for their impact on the electricity grid, the country’s power transmission backbone. If the projects move to full completion and commercial operation, they will add at least 2,000 megawatts (MW) to the country’s installed capacity. Of the projects cleared from…

Filipino, Chinese firms launch wind and solar power plants

Filipino and Chinese companies launched here on Thursday $43 million in wind and solar energy projects that will be built in the northern Philippines. Energy Logics Philippines Inc and Qingdao Hengshun Zhongsheng Group Co, will build a 132-megawatt plant in Burgos and a 100-megawatt facility in Pasuquin, both in Ilocos Norte. “[It is] the biggest…

Green Heat plans more solar rooftop projects

GREEN HEAT Corp. targets to install solar rooftop projects this year with a capacity of 6.5 megawatts (MW), or more than 50% higher than the previous year, company officials said on Tuesday. “Last year, we installed about 2.4 MW. This year, we are planning to install 6.5 MW,” said Roberto R. Martin, general manager of…

Solar now cheapest source of energy

Solar power is becoming the world’s cheapest form of new electricity generation, according to an international group of renewable energy and financial experts. A recent report from the Bloomberg New Energy Finance, a team of experts in cross-sectors and cross-geography trends spread across six continents, shows that solar now outranks wind as the cheapest form…

Shell explores renewables in PHL

THE local business of Anglo-Dutch company Royal Dutch Shell plc is setting its sights on renewable energy in line with a “global priority” to diversify into clean power sources, the Philippine country manager said. “It [renewable energy] was declared as one of our priorities in the Royal Dutch Shell group,” said Cesar G. Romero, who…

Cusi to halt FiT scheme for solar power plants

THE second round of feed-in-tariff (FiT) rates for solar energy will be the last, Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi said, noting that the monthly “allowance” collected from consumers to pay for solar projects has become a burden. “That’s enough of the FiT for solar,” he said, when asked whether the Department of Energy (DoE) will…

Meralco eyes deals with renewable energy firms

Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) is on the lookout for more deals with renewable energy companies after it received an offer from two solar farm developers for electricity supply at P5.39 per kilowatt-hour, which are way below the current subsidized rate for solar energy. “We always continually review our portfolio,” said Lawrence S. Fernandez, head of Meralco’s…

Marikina school gets new solar PV system

GREEN Heat Corp. has added another school among the list of entities that have sought its services for the installation of a rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) system, the renewable energy company said. In a statement, the local solar power installer said it had put up a solar PV system on top of two buildings inside…

Govt set to limit renewable energy plants per power grid

The Energy Department may limit the exposure of renewable energy sources in areas where there are transmission line constraints, an official said over the weekend. Energy assistant director Mario Marasigan told reporters at the sidelines of the recently-concluded Solar Summit the department was trying to avoid duplicating the situation in Negros island where there was…

Silliman University launches solar rooftop facility

Silliman University in Dumaguete City has formally launched its solar power facility. The 200-kilowatt solar power facility is installed on the rooftop of the school’s Luce Building. According to Silliman University president Dr. Ben Malayang, the electricity generated by the project will be used for the lighting and air conditioning system of the Luce auditorium….

PSPA asks ERC to correct payment system under net metering

The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) was asked to clear out issues in the payment system of distribution utilities (DUs) to homeowners with solar rooftops under the net metering program. In a position paper filed yesterday, the Philippine Solar Power Alliance (PSPA) said the current payment mechanism needs to be corrected since it is contrary to…

NGCP to complete Visayas interconnection project by 2019

The oversupply situation arising over development of solar power plants in Negros Island will be solved once the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) completes an interconnection project in the Visayas region in 2019. The grid operator is currently working on the three-phased Cebu-Negros-Panay (CNP) Interconnection Project which will solve the Negros oversupply for…