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The inauguration was led by Dr. Carlos Primo David, PCIEERD Executive Director (3rd from left) and Mr. Carlos Jose P. Gatmaitan, the President and CEO of PNOC Renewable Corp (4th from left). Also in photo are (from left): Engr. Nonilo Peña, Chief of Energy and Utilities Systems Technology Development Division, Engr. Raul Sabularse, Deputy Executive Director, Dir. Ralph Pastor A. Salazar, Director, PNOC-Exploration Corp.

 

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) through the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD) officially inaugurated the 100 kW solar PhotoVoltaic (PV) rooftop on January 22, 2015.

The project is in line with the government’s goal to promote the use of renewable energy resources like solar power. DOST-PCIEERD partnered with PNOC RC where a 100 kW solar PV was installed at the rooftop of the Science Heritage Building, DOST Complex, Bicutan, Taguig City. The building is occupied by three DOST attached agencies, DOST-PCIEERD, DOST-Science Education Institute (SEI), and DOST-National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST).

Currently, the Science Heritage Building consumes around 1,700kWh of electricity per day. The newly installed solar PV system is said to potentially reduce about 10% of the power supplied by MERALCO. Occupying almost 600 square meters of rooftop area of the building, a total of 378 solar panels rated at 270 watts each were installed. The solar PV is estimated to generate daily average of 170 kWh per day for the whole year. 

The PNOC RC has a service contract with the DOST to operate and maintain the solar PV system for 15 years. Throughout this time, the electricity generated from the solar PV will cost only PhP 9.50/kWh flat rate. The solar PV system will be then be transferred to the DOST after the service contract of 15 years. (Jachin Jane Aberilla)

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Solar panels rated at 270 watts each installed at the rooftop of Science Heritage Building