Solar energy equipment firm sees growing potential in Cebu

By Irene R. Sino Cruz |June 08,2019 - 03:51 PM

PV2 Energie Philippines Inc. General Manager Brenda Baylon. /Irene R. Sino Cruz

CEBU CITY, Philippines–There remains a huge potential for solar energy in Cebu and the rest of the Philippines.

Brenda Baylon, general manager of PV2 Energie Philippines Inc., said the company decided to join this year’s Construction Show Cebu held at the Sky Hall of SM Seaside in Cebu City because they saw the potential demand in Cebu.

Baylon told CDN Digital in an interview this morning, June 8, 2019, that solar energy only comprise four percent of the country’s renewable energy mix.

Hydro accounts for the bulk of the renewable energy mix at 50 percent while geothermal accounts for 27 percent.

Baylon noted a growing interest among industries for having their own photovoltaic (PV) or solar panel energy system.

She cited several factors for this like the growing acceptance for the solar energy concept and the decline in the cost of a solar panel system.

Baylon said the price has gone down between 10 to 15 percent, when compared to the price five years ago.

“Many people wanted to see proof of concept,” she said.

Baylon cited as an example a company which had a PV system installed in its facility in Metro Manila and subsequently asked PV2 Energie to install a similar system in its facility in Lapu-Lapu City.

PV2 Energie targets industrial and commercial companies like factories and malls, with a minimum consumption of 100 kilowatts, Baylon said.

She explained that having a solar panel system without battery installed in a facility would immediately result in 20 to 30 percent savings on electricity expenses.

The investment in the system could be recovered between five to seven years depending on the power consumption, Baylon added.

The company also offers two options to companies who would like to use of solar energy. One option is for the company to invest in the system while another option will have PV2 Energie invest in the system and lease it to the company.

Baylon said they would advise potential clients if the roof of their facility would be ideal for a solar panel system. She noted that some banks now offer financing for renewable energy projects after the World Bank created a program to provide financing for renewable energy projects.

It launched Scaling Solar, a one-stop-shop for governments that want to attract private investors to build large scale solar plants, but lacks the purchasing power of bigger emerging markets.

The program includes a package of technical assistance, templates for documents, pre-approved financing, insurance products and guarantees that take the guesswork out of whether a solar project is viable and bankable for both governments and investors. /Irene R. Sino Cruz###

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