28 JULY 2011
PHL eyed as renewable energy center
LAHUG, Cebu City—The Philippines can be a hub of renewable energy expertise and become a global leader once pending projects are implemented, an industry official said Wednesday.
Aloysius Santos, First Gen Corp. vice president, told reporters at the sidelines of the Philippine Energy Efficiency Forum here that the country should start developing RE projects now than later.
Santos said technical expertise in the sector would take years and that the country should begin now in order to get a headstart against its foreign counterparts.
“What you get by installing now, you get the local capability. In solar, for instance, you need people to know how to install in roofs and you need people to set up companies who will source and make the brackets, who will install them. And that takes years. So by going in now, you build that capability in order to roll out the system to a wider market,” Santos said.
He said the Philippines must build its technical capacity for RE projects such as wind, solar, run-of-river hydro, biomass and ocean energy if it wanted to succeed in developing the alternative energy.
First Gen is among the many companies that has actively participated in the development of projects following the passage of the RE Law of 2008.
The company plans to put up a 68-megawatt wind project in Luzon. First Gen, through unit Energy Development Corp., is the country’s largest geothermal producer.
Some 384 applications for RE projects that could add 6,046.45 megawatts of power capacity to the grid are pending with the Energy Department.
Read article source in Manila Standard Today, July 28, 2011