SunAsia Energy (“SunAsia”) and the French company, Ciel & Terre (“C&T”) recently announced its collaboration to introduce the patented Hydrelio technology in the Laguna Lake project of NorteSol this year.
According to the lake authorities, it is the second initiative in the Philippines to demonstrate the viability of the floating solar system. General Manager Jaime Medina of the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) stated that, “ this partnership between the private sector and government is a major step in harnessing not only Laguna Lake but also the hundreds of water surfaces, such as ponds, irrigation dams, and water quarries for solar energy production.”
As planned, this floating solar technology will also be installed in the biggest fresh water resource in the country specifically in the municipal waters of Bay of Laguna Lake. This was announced during the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement between NorteSol, the Laguna Lake Development Authority, as well as local government units which was held in Barangay Antonio yesterday.
Bay town mayor Bruno Ramos clearly expressed its favorable endorsement of the solar floating project with the lighting of its barangay hall in San Antonio.
Mayor Ramos said, “for the first time, the offices of Brgy Antonio and the youth of Bay using the sports facilities of the hall, will use clean energy. In our small way, we will contribute to the mitigation of climate change.”
Noel Carino of SunAsia, said, “floating solar offers a solution to the long-drawn permitting process associated with land use conversion. We look forward to taking advantage of this technology in the Philippines in order to increase renewable energy penetration in the country consistent with the Department of Energy’s goal to procure 35% of the Philippine electricity supply from renewable sources by 2030 as stipulated in the recently issued Renewable Portfolio Standards.”
NorteSol is a subsidiary of SunAsia Energy.
“More importantly”, added Noel Carino, “the floating solar will create hundreds of green jobs in the country. SunAsia estimates the creation of at least19.5 jobs per megawatt.”
The Laguna Lake collaboration is the latest among SunAsia’s clean energy & electrification projects in the Philippines. The company has developed innovative solar solutions in the country since 2013. Its most widely-known project is the development of 60MW solar PV plant built in Toledo City, Cebu in 2016- currently the third largest solar facility in the Philippines. That project facilitated the increased share of clean energy on the coal-dominated island of Cebu, mitigating an average of 48 tons of carbon per year since 2016 and employing about 5,000 locals during the peak of plant construction. It was also the first solar project combining food production with solar production as the power plant supports livestock operations.
This time, Carino explained, we hope to make the water surfaces profitable so they can provide benefits to government revenue collection, fewer risks to wildlife and habitat, and conservation of water resources due to reduced evaporation.
Hydrelio systems have already been installed in other countries, including Japan, China, Brazil, Australia, and the United States.