Philippine solar power is now at its peak, so far. We may not know but may be a few years from now, the popularity and increasing sales of solar power systems will hit its all-time high. But for now, this industry is booming. Solar power in the Philippines has been taken for granted for such a long time. The people didn’t know about its abundance and sustainability as an energy source and they have been totally dependent on coal and fuel. What led to the shift to solar energy?
The Progress of Solar Power in the Philippines
Although solar power has not yet taken over the energy industry in the Philippines, its use has greatly increased in the past years and has several milestones in the solar industry up to date.
Photovoltaic systems have been in the Philippines more than a decade ago. But its use is only being acknowledged and promoted recently. Only the rich have been able to afford this system in their homes, business and other establishments before. Today, however, even middle class families have solar panels installed in their roof tops.
But why is this renewable energy source suddenly booming in the country? Here are some of the reasons:
- Innovations in the technology of solar power systems made it more efficient.
- The Philippines government passed on laws regarding the use of renewable energy.
- Prices of solar power systems have greatly decreased as compared to previous years.
- Many solar power companies started business in this island country.
- Prices of electricity in the Philippines as only getting more and more expensive every year.
- The people are getting more educated about solar energy advantages and disadvantages. And they realized that they gain a lot more benefits compared to the few downsides of solar power.
Milestones in the Solar Industry
In the few years that solar energy began climbing up the energy industry, it has already achieved many milestones. Some of these include:
- The world’s largest solar powered mall in 2014, SM North EDSA, started its operations.
- The first solar powered university in Manila in 2014, Manuel L. Quezon University, supplied the school’s electricity needs through its photovoltaic systems.
- The first solar power plant in the Visayas was inaugurated in May 2014.
- Mindanao’s largest diesel replacement solar power plant was commissioned in 2015.
- The Calatagan solar farm, the largest in the Philippines, started generating power in March 2016.
- Recently, in Iloilo, the Gaisano City mall became the first mall with its electricity supplied by solar panels on its rooftop.
These milestones will on be added into by more in the coming years. And with more solar power companies like Solrev energy, more will definitely be achieved. Check out the services offered by Solrev.