Juwi to build 6.25MW of PV to replace diesel in Philippines

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German developer juwi is to build a diesel-replacement project in the Philippines, a 6.25MW PV plant on the island of Mindanao.

The ground-mounted plant will be connected to the grid and is the first utility-scale PV plant – over 1MWp – to be built on the island and is also the first project in the Philippines for juwi.

Juwi claims that all of the generated solar power, 9 million kWh per year, will supplant the use of diesel generated peak power.

According to juwi, the 6.25MW Mindanao project, which is scheduled for completion early next year, is the first project in a “well filled project pipeline” with the company expected to announce the close of “several additional projects”.

A juwi spokesman confirmed to PV Tech that the project is the same plant that was announced in early August, developed by nv vogt with financing by Armstrong Asset Management.

Replacing diesel generation at remote or off-grid locations is seen as an economically viable way of deploying solar in many territories, including but not limited to developing countries. In Australia for example, the renewable energy sector has faced great political pressure and cuts to support, but PV plants are still being built at diesel dependent mining operations where, like the juwi Philippines project, the use of costly and polluting diesel fuel is being replaced.

According to juwi’s business development manager for the Philippines, Kai Klingenhagen, Mindanao often experiences brownouts and load shedding is necessary, making wind and solar “a clean, quick and cost-effective alternative”. The Philippines as a whole is expecting a power deficit by next year and the country is seeking to add more solar to shore up energy security.

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