Letting the Light In: Connected technologies needed for a Solar-powered country

Philippines – Recent shifts in the global climate have resulted in a surge of interest for alternative energies. Most popular of these alternative power sources are photovoltaic power cells, more popularly known as solar panels. For the past five years, global solar production has grown exponentially.

According to data from the International Energy Agency, the global production of 22,861 megawatts in 2009 has grown to almost 180,000 megawatts in 2014. And 20% of the 2014 total was produced in the Asia Pacific region.

The Philippines, being nestled in the tropical zone, has no shortage of sunny days. And according to Mr. Serge Goldenberg, Senior Vice President of Solar Business for Schneider Electric, the Philippines is more than ready to join the solar revolution. To do so however the nation needs to ensure proper infrastructure, maintenance, and connected technologies to make it work.

“The archipelagic geology of the Philippines poses unique challenges in distributing energy produced from solar plants, but aside from that, adapting a solar energy system for the country is not far-fetched,” Goldenberg said at the recently concluded Philippine Solar Summit where he was a keynote speaker.

“We believe that with the right energy management technology, a solar power system built and developed in the Philippines has the potential to become a basis for other island nations who wish to adopt the same system,” he continued.

In his presentation, Goldenberg discussed the many benefits solar energy, not just for the consumer but also to companies who wish to venture into solar power production. He further discussed how—despite a substantial initial investment—solar power plants can practically pay for themselves. The speed and ease of building a large scale plant, as well as distributed generation that can reduce transmission losses, and the fact that the sun is a virtually infinite energy source, all contribute to a speedy ROI.

“Everything has to be connected and consistent, the only way to ensure that you’re making the most out of the solar energy you harvest is to vigilantly monitor each stage of production and distribution,” Goldenberg further explained. “Which is why Schneider Electric tries to cover all the bases, and provides technologies, consultancy, and infrastructure for most of what a solar power system needs,” he concluded.

Currently, Schneider Electric has projects on-going in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao,—as well as multiple off-grid base transceiver stations and remote community electrification facilities.

To know more about Schneider Electric Philippines energy projects, please visit www.schneider-electric.com.

About Schneider Electric

As a global specialist in energy management and automation with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in Non-residential & Residential Buildings, Industries & Machines Manufacturers, Utilities & Infrastructure and Data Centers & Networks. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, efficient, productive and green, the Group’s 170,000 employees achieved revenues of 25 billion euros in 2014, through an active commitment to help individuals and organizations make the most of their energy.