Switching to renewable energy sources follows Quezon City’s vision of becoming a low carbon and sustainable city aiming to promote sound environmental governance as well as explore and develop successful means to take advantage of climate change mitigation and adaptation opportunities. In fact, the City’s Environment Policy Management Council (i.e. the City’s highest executive body which determines City’s direction in environmental management and climate change), adopted and approved the EPMC 2015-02, otherwise known as the “Resolution Granting Approval of the Solar Energy Project in Quezon City Public Schools and Creation of the Technical Working Group for This Purpose”

Credits: Asian Dragon Magazine

What does the project consist of? How does it work?

The pilot project consists of installing 380 hybrid solar panels, 20 inverters and 160 batteries, on five buildings within the school compound of the Commonwealth High School. The school serves also as an evacuation area in times of disaster, and thanks to the installation of this hybrid system, it will have the capacity to produce power without being connected to the grid.

A Hybrid Design has been adopted for the solar panel system. It features an Intelligent Power Prioritization whereby the load generated by the solar panels is automatically used to meet the energy demand. Surplus energy will then be stored in batteries, and once the latter are fully charged, it will be used to supply the national grid, generating rewards in the form of electric credits. This also lowers the electricity costs for the school as it will only need to purchase power from the grid when the local energy supply is insufficient to meet the power demands.

The Solar Power Facility stretches over an area of 984m2 with a capacity of 100kWh, and is projected to produce 146,000 kWh per year.

 

What are the CO2e reduction achievements?

The Solar Power Facility is projected to contribute to a reduction of 88.07 tCO2e per year.

 

Next Steps:

The City has applied to the C40 Cities Finance Facility (CFF) for technical and financial assistance for the expansion of the project in fifty selected public schools throughout the City.

 

Contact Details:

Ms. Frederika Rentoy

Head

Environmental Protection and Waste Management Department

Quezon City Government

Tel. (632) 988-4242

 

Engr. Ricardo T. Aureo

Head

Task Force Streetlights

Quezon City Government

Tel. (632) 988-4242