Renewable Energy Firm Allows Solar Users to Sell Excess Power in Subic

Users of solar energy in Subic Bay can now sell their excess power generated from their solar panels, according to Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA).

Officials from Bandacorp Solar Inc., a firm which provides solar panels and LED lamps, said residents of Olongapo City would be able to install on-site Renewable Energy facility, produce their own power, and sell their excess electricity to distribution utilities through the net-metering program.

With the net-metering program, power users are allowed to install wind or solar power stations not exceeding 100 kilowatts (kW) in capacity for their own consumption. The excess power is automatically distributed to the Olongapo Electricity Distribution Company (OEDC) system.

SBMA Administrator Wilma Eisma praised the firm for its support in the government’s renewable energy program and for encouraging local households and businesses to play an active role in the production of alternative energy.

“This is what Subic is all about—innovation and public service,” Eisma said.

Eisma added that the firm not only helps power consumers minimize the use of expensive conventional power energy fuels, and thus save on their power bills, it also helps protect the environment and preserve natural energy sources.

In one of the Subic Bay news, it is reported that Bandacorp Solar has undertaken similar projects in Zambales, Pampanga, Batangas, and Ilocos Sur under the net-metering scheme.

The company also offers a line of energy-saving devices ranging from solar water heater air-conditioning system to solar street lights. They also have a home and industrial lighting solutions.

The companies in Freeport that already use solar power are gastight plastic manufacturer GrainPro; Ocean Adventure marine theme park; and ink solution provider Printing Images CtC, Inc.

The net metering scheme system was implemented and uses in some countries around the world and governed by the Philippines in 2008.

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