Malacañang sets pace
for gov’t solar power and energy savings project
MANILA, Nov. 11 -- As Philippine officials prepare for the Paris summit
on climate change, they will depart with an additional feather in the
country’s mitigation program—the increasing use of solar energy and more
efficient lighting systems in the nation’s seat of power.
The Climate Change Commission (CCC) and the PNOC Renewables Corporation (PNOC-RC)
are jointly launching a project to install solar photovoltaic and energy
efficient lighting systems in the Malacañang complex that will drastically
reduce reliance on fossil fuels, according to CCC Commissioner Heherson T.
“The magnitude of this project, which aims to cover all government buildings
in the capitol region at an estimated investment of over P3 billion pesos
over the next few years, will be a significant component in helping achieve
the 70 percent carbon emissions reduction goal in the Philippine Intended
Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) submission to the Paris summit of
the UN Framework on Climate Change Convention,” Alvarez said.
The project is part of President Benigno Aquino’s strategy to broaden
reliance on locally abundant resources of renewable energy in order to
reduce the country’s greenhouse gas emissions and help the economy
transition to climate-smart development,” Alvarez stressed, citing three
2013 CCC resolutions approved by President Aquino as Chair of the
The first is Resolution No. 5, regarding the development of green building
standards; the second is No. 6, promoting alternative or green energy
systems for off-grid communities, and No. 7, curtailing black carbon in the
The project is also in line with Administrative Order 110 Series of 2004,
directing the institutionalization of a government energy management program
and mandating at least 10 percent reduction of monthly electricity
consumption by all government entities.
PNOC-RC, a government-owned and controlled corporation (GOCC), will
completely undertake the project at no cost to Malacañang. It will recover
its costs and profits from a net-metering lease arrangement based on an
agreed rate per kilowatt hour.
Carlos Jose P. Gatmaitan, president and CEO of PNOC-RC, expressed confidence
that the project will help facilitate a more conducive investment climate
for more clean energy projects that our country is urgently in need of.
“For the Philippines, renewable energy comprised 44 percent of our energy
sources in 1999. This percentage fell to 34 percent in 2008 and further
declined to 26 percent in 2013.” Gatmaitan said, citing Dept. of Energy
PNOC-RC is the sole government agency tasked to develop solar, wind, hydro,
geothermal and all other forms of renewable energy. (CCC)