Philippines Promotes Use of Solar Energy in Buildings for Energy Conservation

The policy aims to enhance the demand for energy-efficient materials and technologies


Philippines has issued policy guidelines for the adoption of energy-conserving building design and to enhance the demand for energy-efficient materials and technologies.

According to the guidelines issued by the Department of Energy, new and existing buildings must utilize solar energy technologies like solar weather heaters, solar air-conditioners, and solar-powered lighting systems, and wind power systems to reduce commercial energy demand.

Building owners can meet their total energy demands from these renewable energy power supply systems. They will also be able to sell the surplus renewable energy up to 100 kW to the local power utility. The energy regulatory commission may increase the range to sell surplus energy over 100 kW in the future.

The department said covered buildings, with electrical loads of at least 112.5 kilovolt-ampere or a total gross floor area of at least 10,000 square meters, are required to source a minimum of 1% of their projected annual requirements from renewable energy systems.

Patrick Aquino, Director at Energy Utilization Management Bureau, said, “These guidelines will be integrated into the Phillippine Green Building Code. The Department of Public Works and Highways gave us permission to go ahead with issuance. The pertinent provisions will be referred to in the next update of the Phillippine Green Building Code.”

Those who do not comply with the guidelines may attract penalties, he said. However, the department circular did not mention any penalties for non-compliant buildings.

Recently, Philippines opened the applications for the third competitive selection process that allows 100% foreign participation in large-scale geothermal exploration, development, and utilization projects.

Mercom had earlier reported that the European Union provided an approximate grant of €60 million (~$68.54 million) to the Philippine government to help the country increase access to electricity services in its off-grid communities. This was intended to increase the country’s share of renewables in its energy mix and help implement new energy efficiency strategies.

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Harsh Shukla is a staff reporter at Mercom India. Previously with Indian Express, he has covered general interest stories. He holds a Masters Degree in Journalism from Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication, Pune.

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