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DBM procurement service goes solar

June 5, 2015
By Aurea Calica

MANILA, Philippines - The Procurement Service-Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System (PS-PhilGEPS) of the Department of Budget and Management has gone solar.

The government did not incur any cost in the installation of the solar panels and their maintenance, said PS-PhilGEPS executive director Jose Tomas Syquia during the ceremonial switch-on of the solar rooftop modules at its office in Paco, Manila yesterday.

The installation of 571 solar photo-voltaic (PV) panels can generate 51.3-kilowatt peak (kWp) and produce up to 4,645 kilowatt-hours of power. This will provide as much as P51,210 savings on a monthly basis for the agency, technology provider Propmech Corp said.

Syquia said they would pay P9.50 per kwh to Propmech compared to P10.45 to P11.26 per kwh charge of the Manila Electric Co.

He said the system to harness solar power is built-in and the government could buy the solar panels for P1 after 14 and a half years. The solar energy will supply 20 percent of PS-PhilGEPS' power needs.Syquia said they would use power generated from the solar panels because selling back any excess would only cost P5 per kwh and defeat the purpose of saving on electricity cost. Budget Secretary Florencio Abad said saving carbon footprint is the main purpose of the government's shift to renewable energy.

Abad said it would be the direction not just for government offices but all "programs and projects."

"The stage of experimentation is over," he said.

Abad said they had asked the Climate Change Commission to conduct an audit of departments and agencies so they could begin to shift to solar and other forms of renewable energy.

Syquia said tariff for renewable energy had become lower and made renewable energy more affordable.

Aside from renewable energy, Abad said government offices would start using airconditioning units or chillers that would consume 30 percent less electricity.

The DBM chief said the government could buy in bulk to further save on energy consumption.

Abad said they want to see how government offices can be refigured and shift from solar to the main grid depending on their needs.

Aside from PS-PhilGEPS, Abad said the three buildings of DBM would follow in harnessing solar power.