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Asian Development Bank, Propmech Corporation launch ADB solar rooftop power plant

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) together with Propmech Corporation and distinguished guests inaugurated the ADB solar rooftop power plant as part of the events during the Asian Clean Energy Forum (ACEF) last June 4-8, 2012.

The ACEF was jointly organized by USAID (United States Agency for International Development) and ADB in 2006 with the aim of sharing best practices in policy, technology, and finance to meet the region's climate and energy security challenges.

The said project is the largest roof-mounted installation in the Philippines and can generate peak power of 418kW of green energy, providing approximately 3.5% of the ADB headquarters' electricity needs. The power plant is composed of 2,040 pieces of 280Wp solar panels, which are mounted across 8,000 sq. meters of ADB's Special Facilities Building. The AC power produced by the plant is then injected to ADB's low voltage side of ADB's building. The energy provided by the plant will supplement the utility energy of ADB, thereby reducing the organization's electric bill.

The project was built from start to finish by Propmech Corporation, a locally-owned company engaged in marine engineering and solar power generation, who won the Asia-wide bidding last April 26, 2011. Propmech, along with partner, Suntech Power Co. Ltd., the largest manufacturer of solar modules in the world, installed, maintain and operate the 571 kW solar power generating facility.

The solar rooftop project was set up for bidding by ADB last September 13, 2010, using the "highest energy yield at lowest energy cost" as the main criteria for the competitive selection.

The ADB solar rooftop is a flagship project for both organizations and is expected to set an example for other organizations who are interested in adopting renewable energy solutions to lower their carbon footprint.

"We take a lot of pride in being part of this huge project because it proves once more that Filipino companies are very proficient and tech-savvy," says Ms. Helen Tong, Propmech COO. "It also is a big step forward for the Philippines and Asia in adopting solar or renewable energy technology. We are very positive that the ADB solar power plant will pave the way for other businesses, organizations and households to follow."

Propmech was accredited as a Participating Company by the Department of Energy (DOE) last October 2008. The 20-year-old company bid and won contracts under the DOE to provide sustainable electricity to remote areas in the Philippines.