2015-09-03 - Complete solar package solutions will help address power shortage in three growing provinces as the Philippines looks to add 500 MW of new solar generation capacity by 2016.
Manila, Philippines, September 3, 2015 – ABB, the leading power and automation technology group has won an order from Solar Philippines to provide complete electrical balance of plant (eBoP) solution to three solar power plants in key provinces in the Philippines.
According to the Philippines’ Department of Energy’s (DOE) Supply-Demand Outlook, electricity demand is projected to increase by 22% at 15,228MW by 2020, from the current demand of 12,433MW. Due to their short construction timeline, solar can play an important role in helping to alleviate power supply shortages, particularly to meet daytime peak demand. This prompted the DOE to raise the installation cap for solar technology to 500 MW by 2016.
ABB will be responsible for the supply, testing, and commissioning of photovoltaic (PV) power plants in Batangas, Misamis Oriental and Tarlac, which will result in a collective output of 200 MW. Once operational, the Batangas and Tarlac plants will be two of the largest solar farms in the Philippines, while the Misamis Oriental plant will address the long-term electricity shortage in the Mindanao region.
“ABB technologies are playing a key role in the fast growing solar landscape of the Philippines, facilitating both the generation and integration of renewable energies into its power grids,” said John Fyfe, country managing director of ABB in the Philippines.
“Our in-depth knowledge of renewable power generation technologies, together with our experience with grid codes and utility practices used around the world, enables us to provide complete solar PV solutions that are efficient, reliable and clean to people, and truly decouple economic growth from environmental impact in this fast-growing economy.”
Construction for all three plants are already underway, and are expected to go online in early 2016.
“Solar is becoming increasingly competitive with fossil fuel, enabling it to supply a growing share of our country’s energy needs,” said Leandro Leviste, President of Solar Philippines. “These projects mark a turning point for solar in the Philippines, and we are proud to partner with ABB, whose advanced technology and expertise have been critical in turning these projects into a reality.”
ABB provides the most comprehensive portfolio of products, systems, solutions and services along the solar PV value chain that enable the generation, transmission and distribution of solar power for grid-connected and microgrid applications. ABB’s offering includes inverters, low-voltage products, monitoring and control systems, grid connection, stabilization and integration products, as well as complete electrical balance of plant solutions. ABB also offers a wide range of support and maintenance services, including remote operations and diagnostics, helping ensure solar installations deliver optimal performance.