Biñan City, Laguna – Royal Cargo Inc., one of the largest logistics firms in the country with operations abroad, has expanded its initial 245kWp solar installation by 225kWp on the roof of one of its cold storage warehouses after a significant drop in its electricity cost.
German Ambassador Dr. Gordon Kricke led the ceremonial opening of the solar installation today with Royal Cargo Group CEO Michael Kurt Raeuber, the CEO of the German solar company responsible for the execution of the project, and GIZ Chief Advisor for Renewable Energy Michael Vemuri.
The project was initiated and supported by the Project Development Programme (PDP) implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH within the German Energy Solutions Initiative of the German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.
“This example clearly illustrates how German development cooperation, working hand in hand with the private sector, can boost the acceptance of renewable energy and help leverage climate-friendly technologies globally,” said Simon Bittner, advisor for the Project Development Programme of the GIZ.
GIZ closely monitored the technical implementation of the project given the lack of standard procedures for the installation of solar systems bigger than 100 kWp in the country, and to address the serious concerns of the Manila Electric Company and the local grid operator over the possible negative effects of larger amounts of fluctuating solar generation on the grid stability.
The PDP was able to resolve these concerns through an accompanying technical monitoring of the project´s execution and the organization of a series of workshops to ensure optimal communication between all stakeholders, a step that proved to be indispensable for the successful completion of the reference project and the Philippine solar rooftop market as a whole.
The CEO of the German solar firm responsible for the installation of the rooftop system stated: “This is a clear demonstration that renewable energy, above all solar energy, is already a viable economic alternative to the conventional supply of electricity for industrial customers in developing countries.”
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