Philippines Taps German Expertise To Boost Solar Power

Philippines Taps German Expertise To Boost Solar Power

The Philippine government has tapped the German government to help the Department of Energy (DOE) enhance solar its energy development program. Experts from nine German solar companies recently came to Manila to provide training programs to solar companies, distribution utilities electric cooperatives, regulation and administration authorities, project developers, and investors on the current technologies and project development skills for renewable energy.

The DOE is pushing for the development of solar energy and other RE technologies to enable isolated areas not connected to the grid to have access to electricity. Moreover, the DOE stressed the importance of RE in the country’s energy mix citing that it has reduced the processing of application to attract more investors. It also noted the county is blessed with various Resources such as wind, solar, hydro, biomass and ocean waves.

The DOE said developing RE is now easier because the cost of technologies have dropped sharply over the years. Furthermore, the Small Power Utilities Group of the National Power Corp is pioneering in the development of the country’s first photovoltaic/hybridization project in Limasawa, Leyte province.

Through Department Circular 2015-07-0015, the energy department pointed out that RE should contribute 30 percent to the country’s total energy mix, This will be done through the implementation of the FIT (feed-in-tariff) system and other vital provisions covered by the RE Act and and RE IRR (implementing rules and regulations).

To ensure the policy is enforced effectively, the DOE will set the following FIT installation targets: 250 megawatts (MW) for hydro, 250 MW for biomass, 400 MW wind, 500 MW for solar and 10 MW for ocean.
More than 200 Filipino participants joined the program. The German agency Deutsche Gesellschaft for International Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) Gd Gmbh organized the event.

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