Solar energy enters tourism business in the Philippines
Makati, 7 January 2015 — With an average of six hours sunshine per day the Philippines is not only a popular destination for vacationers, but also a convenient location for solar power plants. In Baler, the provincial capital of Aurora, now both aspects get together: the hotel Costa Pacifica is going to let a solar power plant be installed on its rooftop. For that purpose they consulted the expertise of the renewable energy company PV2 Energie.
The German company planned a solar power plant that enables the hotel to produce a substantial part of the power it needs on its own. Very soon, the hotel will obtain power from its own roof. “The solar power plant will cover most of our electricity needs during daytime”, summarizes Edgardo J. Angara, owner of Costa Pacifica and former senator. This world class resort is one of the first hotels in the Philippines that will make use of solar energy.
The recently build hotel located on Sabang Beach was already planned with a rooftop that is suitable to accommodate a solar power plant: the roof is oriented in a way that avoids shading and further has a structural engineering that enables it to carry the solar plant. “At Costa Pacifica we found ideal conditions for the installation of a solar plant, but this is not necessary. We can build solar plants on most rooftypes that are commonly used in the Philippines”, explains Chris Hannen from PV2 Energie. The plant will cover a surface of 1000 m2 and therefore is estimated to produce 140 kWp (kilowatt-peak). That corresponds to a yearly production of energy of approximately 196,000 kWh (kilowatt hour). The plant shall be installed before summer 2015.
“For us it was of great importance to work together with an experienced company, which we found in PV2 Energie”, says Cynthia Garcia-Eidell, hotel manager of Costa Pacifica. The first contact between the hotel and the renewable energy company was in summer 2014. For PV2 Energie this project is one of the first steps it makes in the Philippines. The company has been an active player in the solar business in Germany for years. Now it is one of the first German renewable energy companies that opens a Philippine-based establishment. The two share-holding associates Chris Hannen and Phillip Küpper agree: “When it comes to solar energy we see the Philippines as an important marketplace for the next years.” More information about PV2 Energie: http://www.pv2energie.de. ###
Attachment: Three different views of the hotel Costa Pacifica.
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