^

Answer to high power rates: 1 M solar-powered homes in 10 years

() - October 20, 2011 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - Bayan Muna Rep. Teddy Casiño has filed a bill that he said would “reduce electricity rates and revolutionize the power industry by putting it in the hands of the people.”

Dubbed the One Million Solar Rooftops Act, House Bill 5405 mandates the government to encourage the use of small solar power systems in homes and business establishments through various financing packages and fiscal incentives.

In his bill, Casiño wants the Pag-IBIG Fund, Government Service Insurance System and Social Security System to offer soft loans for members who want to install solar power rooftops in their homes and businesses.

The proposed act covers solar power systems with a capacity of 10 kW and below for residential and 500 kW and below for business establishments.

The bill also requires electricity distributors like Meralco to allow small solar power users to feed excess power into the system and get paid for it through a net-metering arrangement, resulting in savings in their monthly bills.

“This measure will make ordinary electric consumers producers of electricity as well, thereby empowering them and opening up various options for reducing their electricity bill. It even allows the homeowner to earn extra money when he is at work and his kids are at school, since the solar power rooftop produces electricity the whole day,” said Casiño.

“It is hoped that through this, the demand for clean solar energy, as well as the opportunities for local manufacturing and related solar energy products and services, will increase,” he said.

Meanwhile, Casiño, at a recent hearing of the House committee on energy, insisted that one way to reduce electricity rates is for government to immediately allow the installation of 200 kW of solar power to reduce the expensive peak power rates offered by the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM).

The solar industry already shared its findings to government on the alarming prices at WESM, particularly in the months from May to July this year, where clearing prices were above P10/kwh, spiking to as much as P19/kwh in June. 

Last year, in the months of February and September, WESM prices reached as high as P60 per kwh to a low of P35/kwh, respectively.

“On the other hand, the cost of solar power is declining as global prices of panels are rapidly falling. Installing solar now is a wise investment. Solar will prepare the country for the summer months, and arrest a possible increase of peak power prices next year in WESM. If government is serious in implementing the RE Law, it has to accelerate its permitting process, start awarding solar service contracts, and allow homeowners and commercial establishments to produce their own power needs by using their rooftops,” Casiño said.

BAYAN MUNA REP CASI DUBBED THE ONE MILLION SOLAR ROOFTOPS ACT ELECTRICITY FEBRUARY AND SEPTEMBER GOVERNMENT SERVICE INSURANCE SYSTEM AND SOCIAL SECURITY SYSTEM HOUSE BILL POWER SOLAR TEDDY CASI WHOLESALE ELECTRICITY SPOT MARKET
  • Latest
Latest
Latest
Are you sure you want to log out?
X
Login

Philstar.com is one of the most vibrant, opinionated, discerning communities of readers on cyberspace. With your meaningful insights, help shape the stories that can shape the country. Sign up now!

FORGOT PASSWORD?
SIGN IN
or sign in with