Wind and solar energy are the leading drivers of the shift to clean energy, as they are both naturally occurring and low-carbon energy sources. Across the globe, and particularly in tropical archipelagoes such as the Philippines, these energy sources are some of the most abundant and eco-friendly alternatives to conventional energy sources.
Recent technological advancements have brought down production costs of solar panels and wind turbines, making it easier for these plants to be deployed. This has made them increasingly viable and cost-competitive for those who prefer sustainable power.
The Philippines has seen an exponential growth in the number of wind and solar energy projects in the past few years. According to the DOE, the installed capacity of wind projects grew from 33 MW in 2013 to 427 MW in 2018, while solar projects, excluding rooftop solar types, grew from 1 MW to 896 MW—all within a span of five years.
In 2018, Burgos Wind in Ilocos Norte generated revenues amounting to PHP 3.2 billion, 1.1 percent higher compared to 2017. This can be attributed to strong wind quality during the year, resulting to 376.1 GWh of generated electricity in 2018 compared to the 372.5 GWh generated in the prior year.
Meanwhile, the Burgos Solar Power Project (Burgos Solar) recorded revenues amounting to PHP 90.9 million in 2018, a 3.5 percent decline from the PHP 94.1 million in 2017. The decrease in revenues was a result of planned and unplanned outages, mainly due to transmission line upgrades done on the interconnection lines of the Burgos Solar Farm in December 2018.
On the other hand, EDC Siklab Power Corporation (EDC Siklab) experienced higher energy generation as a result of the full year operations of four of its solar rooftop projects and the addition of three new solar rooftop projects in 2018. As a result, EDC Siklab generated revenues amounting to PHP 33.1 million in 2018, an impressive 169.7 percent increase from the PHP 12.3 million in 2017.
The Burgos Solar Project upgraded its interconnection lines from 13.2 kV to 23 kV in the latter part of 2018. This is expected to increase the stability of distribution lines, as well as increase the dispatch of the plant moving forward.
“The solar rooftop platform more than doubled its generation in 2018 compared to the previous year.”
Meanwhile, EDC Siklab marked the successful commissioning of three newly installed solar power rooftop systems totaling 1.5 MW on several Gaisano Capital malls in Ormoc, Sogod, and Sorsogon in 2018. With the new additions in capacity, the solar rooftop platform more than doubled its generation in 2018 compared to the previous year.
This brings the total rooftop projects to eight projects:
OPERATIONAL AND REGULATORY DEVELOPMENTS
To deliver the best solutions, EDC ensures that its staff is able to safely perform their duties without interruption due to accidents. A Working-at-Heights training was held last August 2018 for on-site engineers and employees to ensure workplace safety around EDC Siklab’s solar rooftop sites.
Last May 2018, the ERC increased the Feed-in-Tariff Allowance (FiT-All) rate from ¢18.30/kWh to ¢25.63/kWh, which was subsequently tempered to ¢22.26/kWh in April 2019. The increase benefited EDC’s wind and solar projects which are registered under the Feed-in- Tariff system.