Solar rooftops can help avert power crisis – group

The Philippine Solar and Storage Energy Alliance (PSSEA) has called on the government to deploy solar panels on roofs, especially for homes and commercial establishments, to avert any power crisis while producing clean energy.

“Lacking supply of power means that any unplanned outages in the power system will likely result in brownouts and reduction of electricity service, negatively impacting the economic activity and lives of everyday Filipinos,” PSSEA led by chairperson Tetchi C. Capellan of SunAsia said.

The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) declared a yellow and red alert status for the Luzon grid early this week due to the simultaneous shutdown of several power plants and the tripping of a transmission line.

PSSEA cited figures from the Department of Energy for 2021 that showed the Philippines consuming 106.114 million megawatt-hours (MWh) of electricity.

The residential sector captured the biggest share with 32.96 percent, followed by the commercial sector at 19.9 percent and the industrial sector at 26.03 percent.

PSSEA said that if residences consumed 34.9 million MWh in 2021 and the government targets solar rooftops in five percent of households, a potential of 673 MW can come online within 12 months.

“This will provide relief to the grid and is certainly an immediate solution compared to the development of utility scale solar, which takes three years to deploy,” it said.

PSSEA’s four-point policy agenda include accelerating the deployment of rooftop solar, removing the 100 KW cap for net-metering, simplified application of incentives, standardized protocol for LGU permit issuance, and access to financing.

According to PSSEA, the continuous decline in the cost of solar panels shortens the payback period of rooftop solar to four years.

PSEA said no other financial instruments promise such returns, considering the savings generated for the remaining 20-year life of the solar panel after payback.

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