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Propmech installs second solar power rooftop for ADB

April 26, 2015


MANILA – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) now has a second solar power rooftop. In a statement, Propmech Corporation said it installed the 110.7-kilowatt peak (kWp) photovoltaic system on the Third Atrium Building of the ADB's Manila headquarters. Propmech also installed the ADB's first solar rooftop – a 571.2-kWp facility built atop the Segment C Facilities block that was inaugurated on June 5, 2012.

The project is considered the biggest roof-mounted installation in the Philippines, providing the ADB about 3.5 percent of its electricity requirements.

"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," said ADB vice president for administration and corporate management Bruce Davis said.

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

Propmech has designed the solar rooftop with a framing system that can withstand wind pressures of 270 kilometers per hour (kph) during strong typhoons.

The new system, which can provide power to at least 60 households, will save over 570 trees every year.

Propmech chief operating officer Helen Tong said renewable energy remains a viable and efficient solution to the energy crisis.

"We are proud to support ADB and the Department of Energy in their solar power programs and efforts," she said.

Filipino-owned Propmech is in the business of marine engineering and solar power generation. It has participated in the rural electrification program of the Department of Energy (DOE), Manila Electric Company's solar photovoltaic center, and solar power rooftops of Manuel L. Quezon University and St. Scholastica's College.

"This is a great start for our country, which can be a regional hub where renewable energy technology can thrive," said Mario C. Marasigan, director of the DOE Renewable Energy Management Bureau.