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Net-metered solar system up
BY KEITH BRANDON CARI-AN

The Negros Women for Tomorrow Foundation Inc. inaugurated the first and largest Commercial Net-Metered Solar Photovoltaic System in Bacolod City, that can produce up to 20KW daily, at the NWTF Building 2 yesterday.

The P1.8 million solar PV system contracted by Green Energy Solutions, will generate energy to be used by the NWTF building, and supply power from its surplus to the Central Negros Electric Cooperative, Raymond Serios, NWTF Assistant Director for Strategic Projects, said.

The solar PV system is comprised of 80 solar panels installed on the roof of NTWF building and inverters that can handle 20KW of production. Within five years, NWTF can already regain its investment and everything thereafter will be profit and savings, Green Energy Solutions Director Amrit Gidwani said.

The NWTF solar PV system is the first commercial net-metered power generator connected to CENECO, he said.

Based on the study conducted in the old NWTF building, the average monthly consumption of electricity reached 35kwh. With the power generated up to 20KW, the foundation will save a minimum of 30 percent, Serios said.

“The installation of solar panels, even in residential areas, is beneficial. If many will install, let's say 5KW, this will add up and decrease the demand from Ceneco and, in turn decrease the electric bills,” he added.

Gidwani said that not only will the installation of on-grid solar systems reduce the power rates, it will also benefit the environment. “It's about mitigation of carbon emission, it's about going green,” he said.

Green Energy Solutions has also contracted the first residential net-metered solar PV systems in Bacolod and Talisay City that also connected to CENECO, he said.

The company is currently finishing the installation of net-metered systems for two other commercial clients, Aboy's Restaurant that will generate up to 22 KW and the Rural Bank of Marayo-Pontevedra at 15 KW and will be connected to the Negros Occidental Electric Cooperative, he said.

Apart from the installation of solar panels, Green Energy is also one of the suppliers of NWTF in its solar lamps loaned to micro finance clients in off-grid communities, mostly in Palawan, Serios also said.*KBC

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