In the face of higher oil, coal and gas prices, commercial and industrial companies in the Philippines are increasingly adopting solar energy to offset rising electricity bills.
“Electricity from the grid is becoming more expensive because of the rising cost of fossil fuels,” says Todd Li, President of Trina Solar Asia Pacific. “Installing rooftop solar allows companies to meet rising electricity needs while also providing an opportunity to significantly reduce their utility bills and reduce CO2 emissions.”
This phenomenon of commercial and industrial companies embracing solar is also in line with the nation’s target to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and increase renewable energy’s share of the energy mix.
Ramcar Food Group, Philippines’ master franchise holder for KFC and Mister Donut, has been installing Trina Solar’s Vertex DE19 550W modules on the rooftops of its outlets.
“We have already delivered more than 10MW of Vertex modules to Ramcar Food Group,” says Todd. KFC has more than 300 outlets in the Philippines.
Todd added, “Installing solar on the rooftop saves money on their electricity and it is part of Ramcar Food Group’s community social responsibility (CSR) initiative,”
Another well-known Filipino business installing rooftop solar is Pampanga’s Best, a processed meat producer.
“We have shipped 1.3MW of Trina Solar DE19 550W Vertex modules to Pampanga’s Best and we are continuing to ship more modules to them,” says Todd.
Todd says Vertex DE19 modules chosen by Ramcar Food Group and Pampanga’s Best are the first module in the Philippines that incorporates 210mm silicon wafers, a larger wafer size than earlier generation modules.
Based on the 210mm large-size silicon wafer and monocrystalline PERC cell, the Vertex comes with several innovative design features allowing higher power output, excellent temperature coefficient and low irradiation performance. Furthermore, benefit from high-density encapsulation technology, the efficiency of Vertex can reach up to 21.2%.
“Higher power modules maximize the power generation capability from limited rooftop space and also delivers lower balance of system (BOS) and a lower levelized cost of energy (LCOE). This brings in more value to customers” says Todd.
Trina Solar will be participating in an upcoming Energy Show in Philippines, ‘The Future Energy Show’ from 7 September to 8 September at SMX Convention Center, Manila. You may catch them at booth number 1L02 where they will be showcasing their DE09R.08, DE21, NEG21C.20, and DE19R modules. The Future Energy Show Philippines is an in-person event that brings together more than 80 world-class solution providers, future energy leaders, experts and professionals showcasing an array of products that contributes to the transformation of energy ecosystem in the country.