June 5, 2015

The Procurement Service-Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System (PS-PhilGEPS) launched a 51.3-kilowatt peak rooftop solar facility in its main office in Paco, Manila.

The government agency expects to save as much as P51,210 from its monthly electricity bill as the solar facility is capable of producing a monthly average of 4,645 kilowatt hours of energy.

Installed by solar solutions provider Propmech Corp., the PS-PhilGEPS solar power plant has a 51.3 kilowatt peak direct current capacity and a 40 kilowatt alternating current net capacity.

"The launching of PS-PhilGEPS system is a testament to the public sector's commitment to going green and its confidence in solar technology. In this day, going green is no longer an option but a must because we have finite resources," said Helen Tong, Propmech chief operating officer.

PS-PhilGEPS' move to join the solar power bandwagon is in line with the Department of Energy's (DOE) target to install additional 10 megawatts of solar capacity this year that is focused on schools and government offices.

Earlier this year, Camp Crame was also installed with a pair of solar facilities that can generate 600,000 kilowatt hour per year and can slash up to P5 million from the annual electricity bill.

Among the offices interested to use solar facilities are the congress and the Philippine Air Force.

To date, the schools that are now solar powered through DOE's initiative are Manuel L. Quezon University, La Consolacion College-Manila and St. Scholastica's College-Manila.