AHEAD of the completion of its P3.6-billion 100MW solar farm in Tarlac, which is touted to be the biggest in the country, Enfinity Philippines Renewable Sources Inc. has installed rooftop solar panels that could run eight window airconditioning units in the municipal hall of Concepcion in the province.
Enfinity Philippines, is the local unit of Belgium-based solar developer Enfinity N.V.
Concepcion Mayor Andres Lacson said the initial 10kw solar facility would translate to savings in electricity bills of about P14,000 a month or P168,000 a year for the municipal hall.
Concepcion barangay offices will also be installed with 3-kw solar panels each, providing savings of approximately P4,000 a month or P48,000 a year.
Concepcion Vice Mayor Danilo David said the installation aims to educate Filipinos on the feasibility and benefits of using renewable energy for households and offices.
Apart from the roof top solar panel projects, Enfinity Philippines has secured seven sites for solar projects, four of which are in Concepcion, Tarlac; Clark, Pampanga; Digos, Davao; and in Cavite.
These four plants are scheduled for completion by year-end with a total capacity of 100 MW.
Enfinity recently held the groundbreaking rites to prepare the largest solar farm in the country to date in Sta. Rosa, Concepcion, Tarlac, costing around P3.6 billion.
For the Concepcion solar project, Enfinity Philippines is now securing land for the expansion of the plant, which is targeted to be completed by end-2016.
William Ruccius, Enfinity Philippines business development director, said the thought that solar is too expensive is just a misconcepcion.
“The technology is improving so fast that people are not aware of what has happened and how quickly solar will transform the way electricity is generated, delivered to the customer, and integrated with transportation over the next decade,” Ruccius said.
Along with the installation of solar panels, Enfinity Philippines will set up an exhibit in the town hall with charts, graphs and videos that can be used for educating school groups.
To maintain the solar panels at the municipal and barangay offices, Phil Solar, the company that installed the system, has installed an energy monitoring system that can be accessed from anywhere through the internet.
Ruccius said maintenance is minimal.
Once a month, the glass surface of the panels will need to be washed to keep them clean and operating at maximum efficiency.
Enfinity hopes to replicate the project in areas, where the company is set to operate solar farms.
“We would like to do something like this in all the communities, where we are operating wherever practical,” he said. “It might be a different building or school. Wherever it will do the most good and inform the most people.”