• Propmech switches on first govt solar rooftop

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    FILIPINO-OWNED solar solutions provider Propmech Corporation on Thursday officially switched on the solar power facility of Procurement Service-Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System (PS-PhilGEPS), an agency under the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).

    The 51.3-kilowatt peak (kWp) solar rooftop was installed at the main office of PS-PhilGEPS, the country’s central procuring agency, in Paco, Manila.

    PS-PhilGEPS is said to be the first national government office to harness solar power.

    Propmech said the PS-PhilGEPS solar power plant has a 51.3 kilowatt peak direct current (DC) capacity and a 40-kilowatt alternating current (AC) net capacity, and can save the government agency as much as P50,000 on its electric bill every month.

    “Its average monthly solar production of 4,645 kilowatt-hours (kWh) will save the agency P51,210 every month at P11.24/kWh,” said Propmech.

    The environmental benefit of using the system for over a year is the equivalent of planting 280 trees.

    “We are proud to be part of this landmark renewable energy project,” said Propmech COO Helen Tong.

    Tong said the launching of PS-PhilGEPS system is a testament to the public sector’s commitment to going green and its confidence in solar technology.

    “In this day and age, going green is no longer an option but a must because we have finite resources,” said Tong.

    Propmech will continue to “assist both private and public sectors in reaching their energy efficiency goals,” she said.

    Propmech Corp. is engaged in marine engineering and solar power generation and has completed several milestone renewable energy (RE) projects in the country.

    These include projects under the rural electrification program of the Philippine government, installation of solar rooftops of Asian Development Bank (ADB), Manuel L. Quezon University (MLQU) and St. Scholastica’s College (SSC).

    The company is also behind the installation of Manila Electric Company’s (Meralco) own solar power plant.

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