Solar Power Group Supports Obama’s APEC Challenge, Invest In Clean Energy.

The Philippine Solar Power Alliance aids the call of US President Barack Obama for member economies of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) to prioritize investing in renewable energy.

PSPA President Tetchie Capellan said APEC member economies should share their installation targets for renewable en energy.

“We call on all of them to share their installation targets for renewable energy and the generation mix they support, including the policy instruments they would implement to achieve their targets,” Capellan said in a text message to reporters.

“So far, investors have risked investments in renewable energy which, in my estimate, will reach 700 megawatts (MW) for solar and 300 MW for wind by 2016,” she said.

The Philippine government has been successful in encouraging businessmen to invest in renewable energy through the implementation of the Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) scheme.

The FIT incentive is in line with the implementation of the Renewable Energy Act of 2008 (R.A. 9513) which seeks to encourage the development of renewable energy resources in the country.

Under the said law, emerging renewable energy generation projects will get non-fiscal incentives such as the FIT scheme, which sets a fixed tariff for the different emerging RE technologies, applicable for 20 years.

Obama called on APEC member countries and the private sector to push for cleaner sources of power through renewable energy. He also urged APEC member-economies to invest in climate change resilience for the next generations to come.

He said extreme weather patterns brought about by climate change make small countries like the Philippines vulnerable.

Capellan also said that developing solar and wind power plants is a win-win solution to the problem of climate change which affects the country.

“We in the solar industry believe that reducing emissions by building gigawatt-size solar installations is a win-win solution for countries that are still in a growth path like the Philippines,” she added.

Solar and wind energy adds capacity to the system as well as addresses the growing need for power in a sustainable way.

US President Barack Obama speaks at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) CEO summit in Manila on November 18, 2015. Asia-Pacific leaders are meeting in Manila for a summit meant to forge trade unity but with the spotlight instead on a tense contest for territory in the South China Sea. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB

Originally from The Manila Times



Author: Darvin Tocmo

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