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St. Scho Energized by Solar Power

December 11, 2014

St. Scholastica's College (SSC) unveiled a 96 kilowatt peak (kWp) grid tied solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant in an effort to lower the cost of its electric consumption.

A grid tied solar photovoltaic power system is an electricity generating system that is connected to the utility grid.

The solar power facility is composed of 320 solar panels, each with 300 watts capacity. It is located on the rooftop of the school's St. Cecille's Hall and can generate 38.88 percent of the building's daily energy needs.

According to SSC president Mary Frances Dizon, the solar installation will generate an estimate of P200,000 savings from the school's monthly electricity bill of P2 million. It is also equivalent to planting a total of 515 trees per year.

The P10 million solar project will operate through Manila Electric Company's (Meralco) net-metering mechanism, which allows the school to sell its excess energy back to the grid.

Propmech Corp., the supplier of the solar panels in the project, said the lifespan of the panels is around 25 years. After the said period, the efficiency of the facility will decrease around 5 to 10 percent.

SSC is the third school in the country installed with solar power facilities through the efforts of the Department of Energy (DOE). Manuel L. Quezon University and La Consolacion College-Manila were also previously powered up with solar energy through the government's initiative.

"We're prioritizing schools for solar projects because of the reason that they are more open to the public than private companies. Other institutions who are interested in installing solar panels can freely visit them to learn more," DOE Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla said.

DOE added it is planning to install solar power facilities next at St. Scholastica's College-Marikina.

Propmech Corp., a local solar PV system provider, has already provided services for the Asian Development Bank solar power plant, rural electrification project of the government and Meralco's solar PV system in one of its buildings.