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ADB installs second solar rooftop at HQ

April 24, 2015


THE ASIAN Development Bank (ADB) has expanded the rooftop solar facilities at its headquarters in Mandaluyong City, the supplier of the solar equipment said.

The newly installed facility is located at the Third Atrium Building of ADB's headquarters, permitting all its offices to be 100%-powered by renewable sources.

ADB first utilized solar energy in 2012, when its Segment C Facilities block started sourcing power from a 571.2-kWp system that was also built by Propmech.

"The project is the largest roof-mounted installation in the Philippines, providing approximately 3.5% of the ADB headquarters' electricity needs," Propmech said.

"A flagship project of both the ADB and Propmech, ADB has set an example for other organizations to adopt renewable energy solutions to lower their carbon footprint," it added.

Propmech further said the power generated by the second solar rooftop is directly connected to ADB's grid, providing energy to the cooling system of the new building during daytime.

The rooftop can withstand winds of up to 270 kilometers per hour.

Propmech COO Helen Tong said that the project shows that renewable energy remains to be a viable solution to address the growing need for power.

"We are proud to support ADB and the Department of Energy in their solar power programs and efforts," Ms. Tong was quoted in the statement as saying.

ADB Vice President for Administration and Corporate Management Bruce Davis, for his part, said: "It's really an important demonstration of walking the talk as we put significant emphasis on renewable energy issues throughout our broader work and broader program."

In February last year, ADB tapped AdventEnergy, Inc. to supply a big portion of its power needs from geothermal power plants in Albay and Laguna.

AdventEnergy, Inc. is a licensed retail electricity supplier and a subsidiary of Aboitiz Power Corp., which owns the power plants.

The contract with ADB provides that the bank will purchase an average of 1.5 million kilowatt-hours of electricity every month from the supplier every month.

ADB no longer purchases electricity directly from Manila Electric Co. since it is one of the large users that can choose its own supplier under the Open Access and Retail Competition. --Claire-Ann Marie C. Feliciano