Engineer Celio Sumaoy did pretty will in explaining to us the Solar Photovoltaic 101 without making us nosebleeding on the technical terms. We really did understand solar photovoltaic technology after.
So here is my summary on the conference.
Solar Power Plant in CDO Photo by Rob Bana
Why solar energy for Mindanao is important?
- Solar energy is the most simple technology on renewable energy since it only utilizes the sun to gain electricity. It can come from the suns heat or the suns light. Every 1 megawatt of solar energy can already provide power to 1.5 hectares land.
- It is abundant anywhere in the country.
- Compared to fossil fuels are finite and dwindling.
- Solar can supply the worlds total energy requirement for the next hundred of years.
- It is not a fancy technology.
The accumulated installed capacity from year 2000 - 2010 is doubled every year, 2010 - 39.6 gigawatts.
- The installed cost is declining.
However, we must not wait because there is no local supply for the materials and we need to impot. It is also good to start solar energy as early as now to cover financing and gain required experience to lower system cost.
- Consumers pay the Feed-in Tariff Allowance (FIT-All)
The advantage of solar energy Mindanao is that the overall cost is divided throughout the overall Philippines electric consumers, meaning not only the Mindanaoan consumers will paid in the tarriff but also Visayas and Luzon. This is fair enough since I just learn that under the Renewable Energy Law. For more info read it here; Mindanao Solar Capacity Development.
- Feed-in Tariff Allowance (FIT-All) trend is going down over the years.
- Solar panels may last for more than 30 years.
- Solar energy technology is less maintenance and low operating cost.