The Senate committee examining a house bill granting a PV mini-grid franchise to renewable energy firm Solar Phillippines has been debating the reach of the franchise as well as its exclusivity, with the discussion to reconvene in May after the general election.
While Filipino policymakers ponder a controversial bill that would allow a solar company to set up a micro-grid and transmission franchise aiming to improve power supply across the country, a small town on the island of Mindoro is already enjoying round-the-clock electricity for the first time ever.
Solar Para Sa Bayan to bring solar mini-grids to 200,000 Filipinos, Banks launch US$58 million Off-Grid Energy Access Fund, Power for All launches open platform to address ‘information use gap’ on energy access.
China’s solar deployment caps will not have as profound an impact on the global industry as many fear, according to the president of LONGi Solar, but consolidation on the manufacturing side is expected.
Astroenrgy completes 15.5MW project in the Netherlands, Total Eren and Wärtsilä deliver hybrid PV and thermal plant at Burkina Faso gold mine, Solar Philippines completes Southeast Asia’s largest solar-battery micro-grid.
Filipino energy secretary Alfonso Cusi has euphemistically admitted that the suspension of four commissioners of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) may cause delays in power projects, while the already inert solar industry has seen conditions go from bad to worse.
Philippines-based commercial bank, BDO Unibank, has issued its first green bond investment for US$150 million to sole investor the International Finance Cooperation (IFC), to expand finance for private sector investments and to tackle climate change.
Utility-scale solar projects and hundreds of other power projects in the Philippines are being held up by pending approvals at the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), a problem compounded by last week’s dismissal of ERC chairman Jose Vicente Salazar for grave misconduct related to allegations of corruption.
Filipino president Rodrigo Duterte today inaugurated the Philippines first solar module manufacturing facility with an expanded capacity of 800MW at Santo Tomas, Batangas, owned by renewable energy firm Solar Philippines.