20-MW solar panel fields soon in Pangasinan

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Friday, March 20, 2015


DAGUPAN CITY -- The Dagupan Electric Corporation (Decorp) is partnering with a Manila-based company to build solar panel fields in several areas in Pangasinan that could generate at least 20 megawatts of power and reduce the cost of power that the electric firm is buying from generators.

Randy Caspillan, Decorp legal officer, said his company has just entered into an agreement with a Manila-based firm that will install the solar panels in Dagupan, Manaoag, Santa Barbara and other areas being served by Decorp.

Speaking during the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkasters sa Pilipinas (KBP) forum here on Friday, Caspillan said that in case of power failure emanating from power plants from which Decorp draws power, the company can still deliver electricity to its consumers.

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Decorp is currently buying power from the Sual Coal-fired Power Plant in Sual town, some 40 kilometers west of Dagupan.

Caspillan admitted one solar panel that can generate at least one kilowatt of electricity costs P70,000. But he expressed confidence that there may be households or business establishments in Dagupan that can afford the cost and install the gadgets for their own use.

Decorp and the Manila-based company providing the solar panels are now preparing all the requirements needed by the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) and the Department of Energy (DOE) in connection with the solar project.

"Hopefully, we can address this and can proceed with the project this year and if time will not allow, next year," Caspillan said.

He also said that for households installing their own solar panels, they are urged to register with Decorp so that they can sell their excess electricity to the company.

Decorp, he said, has adopted a net metering system, which is a requirement of both ERC and DOE, that allows customers who can afford to install their own solar panels in order to reduce their electric consumption.

Under the scheme, the customer who produces excess electricity can sell its excess power to Decorp and the amount of electricity that will be sold by him will be computed through the net metering system, Caspillan said.

The customer will be in turn paid through the net metering system as the amount of electricity that will be channeled to Decorp will be deducted from his gross consumption of electricity coming from the firm. (PNA)

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