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After MLQ University, it's St. Scholastica's turn to go solar

By Euan Paulo C. Antonuevo

November 24, 2014

MANILA - Barely a week after installing a solar rooftop facility in Manuel L. Quezon University in Manila, Propmech Corp aims to inaugurate a similar facility in St. Scholastica's College by the end of the month.

Jun Magpantay, Propmech sales manager, told that the company is putting a solar rooftop of up to 100 kilowatts at St. Scholastica's.

"By the end of this month we will be inaugurating," he said.

The solar power installation will be similar to the MLQ University facility launched last November 19 under a Department of Energy (DOE) program that aims to spur the migrate schools to such renewable energy.

The DOE shortlists qualified contractors for the installation of solar rooftop plants in participating academic institutions.

The contractor, such as Propmech, installs the solar panels and sells the output to the schools at a per kilowatt-rate lower than what Manila Electric Co (Meralco) charges. The excess production from the solar plants is sold to the host institution under through net metering.

The MLQ University can generate about a third of the school's daily power requirements.

"For this particular case it's a program of the DOE. It's direct contracting between the school and ourselves. We have different schemes, in this case we produce electricity for them. They are able to save every month," Helen Tong, Propmech chief operating officer, told

Filipino-owned Propmech has also installed similar solar installations for the Asian Development Bank, Asia Brewery Inc, Meralco, and other residential and industrial customers.

Propmech also plans to put up large ground-mounted solar facilities of up to 1-megawatts in scale in Luzon and Mindanao.

"We have the plans, we are in the process of negotiations. We are talking with electric cooperatives," Magpantay said.