Spreading Solar in the Philippines

 

Our 90kW solar installation for Perry's Farm in Majayjay, Philippines.

As the price of solar continues its steady decline around the world and technological improvements drive greater system efficiency, the Philippines is ready to cut its ties to fossil fuels in favor of renewables.

While solar systems used to be more common in higher income residential villages, they are now accessible to a larger portion of the population. With a quick return on investment, residents can get their electricity free of charge for a majority of the system’s lifetime. It is estimated that the Philippines could save around P100 billion annually by transitioning from the use of gas, oil, diesel, and coal to renewables.

Earlier this June, the Climate Change Commission began work alongside key government agencies to develop a plan for climate change mitigation and adaptation, and sustainable development. This plan includes how the country will reshape its energy policies to phase out coal and lay the ground for renewables.

“Our worthy task will allow us to fulfill our responsibilities, as public servants, to serve and protect our people from this global threat, and will inspire us, as human beings, with greater capability to sustain humanity,” said vice chair of the CCC, Secretary Emmanuel de Guzman.

Several businesses, banks, environmentalists, and civic groups also recently gathered in Makati to attend a forum, “The Truth about Solar: Now Cheaper than Coal.” At the close of this event, the participants signed a declaration of independence from fossil fuels in support of going 100-percent renewable by 2030. With incoming President Dutertecalling for a greater investment in renewables, the Philippine government is on the same page.

UGE is currently working on several projects in the Philippines to help this transition, providing solutions to critical energy issues such as rising energy prices and grid shortages. Our 90kW solar system gave Perry’s farm in Majayjay a reliable source of energy with 20% savings. Such projects demonstrate the full spectrum of benefits a movement away from fossil fuels can offer.

The future of renewables in the Philippines is full of opportunity - we’re proud to be an impactful part of it.