One of the 201MW of projects Conergy has recently completed in the Philippines. Image: Conergy.
International downstream solar specialist, Conergy, has completed and connected 201MW of solar projects in the Philippines.
The Southeast Asian country has seen a flurry of project completions in the past few weeks as developers rushed to beat a 15 March deadline set by the government in order to qualify for incentives under the Philippines feed-in tariff.
Conergy said it had beaten that deadline with all 201MW of its projects. The capacity is spread across four projects in Luzon – 50MWp in Tarlac, 13MWp in Pampanga, 15MWp in Bulacan and 18MWp in Bataan – and another four in Negros – 14MWp in La Carlota, 48MWp in Manapla, 18MWp in Bais and 25MWp in Silay.
The new projects brings Conergy’s total in the Philippines to 274Wp, over half of the 500MW quota the government has set for PV under the feed-in tariff programme.
The Philippines is rapidly cementing its status as a star performer among emerging Asia's solar markets. Last year it saw around 122MW completed, but that figure has been exceeded several times over so far in 2016.
Conergy said the Philippines was its key market in Southeast Asia, although it has projects underway in Thailand and Indonesia.
Conergy APAC president, Alexander Lenz, said: “I am especially proud that our team has mastered the very challenging task of completing several large projects across the country concurrently in the race for the FiT. Our mission to power a greener Philippines is also at the heart of everything we do, and we are proud to have delivered ahead of schedule with the help of our partners who shared the same goal.”
Hendrik Bohne, Conergy’s vice president for EPC Asia added: “Conergy is keenly aware that in regulated energy markets, solar energy can only be made available on a mass scale through the support of government and the investment and vision of energy providers. If this trend we see in the Philippines continues, the country will soon catch up with the rest of its regional neighbours in choosing to power with renewable energy."