PH has yet to fully tap renewable sources of power in wind and solar

PH has yet to fully tap renewable sources of power in wind and solar

Energy generation whether it be from oil, coal, nuclear, or from alternative resources have been the perennial problems for the Philippines.

During the Marcos years, then President Marcos had the foresight to anticipate the growing needs of the country with respect to energy. His administration initiated the establishment of a nuclear power plant in the province of Bataan, it was and still the first and existing nuclear facility in Southeast Asia.

Sadly after the 1986 revolution, the Corazon Aquino administration began, like all Marcos initiated governmental projects the nuclear facility in Bataan was left to rot.

Renewable sources of energy for the Philippines(photo credit to owner)

Since then we have been at the mercy of the oil producing countries, our energy needs are dependent on the on the oil we import. It was precisely this scenario why the nuclear plant in Bataan was conceived as an alternative source of cheap energy.  *

Currently we have existing geothermal plants in selected places, solar energy is slowly gaining grounds in the country, and we have the famous tourist spots – the Windmills. There are currently two existing windmill farms in the country the more famous Windmills of Bangui in Ilocos Norte and the Pililia windmills in Rizal.

There is so much opportunity to expand in the renewable sources of power and the country has not yet fully tap the potential of solar and wind energy. The country is even behind other countries in using renewable sources.

Ireland-based Mainstream Renewable Power said the level of wind and solar energy production in the Philippines is at par with its Southeast Asian neighbors but is low compared to Western countries.
"Compared with Ireland, Denmark, Germany and Spain and the U.S., you are very very low," said Dr. Eddie O'Connor, executive chairman of Mainstream Renewable Power.
According to Dr. O'Connor, the Philippines has 427 megawatts (MW) of wind, and 843 MW of solar currently installed. If properly tapped the country can generate power as high as 70,000 MW from wind and 76,000 MW from solar energy.
"Compared with Vietnam you're currently ahead but Vietnam has big plans," O'Connor said. *
"And if you are competing with Vietnnam for inward investment, which I suspect the Philippines are, they have got 45,000 MW installed at the moment and they are going to build 5,000 MW a year from now on. They need that and I am saying you need the same." 
Mainstream Renewable Power is developing 170 MW in wind power capacity with local partners Cornerstone and Pan Energy, which includes a 70 MW wind farm in the province of Camarines Sur.
O'Connor said expects there will be more demand for cheaper renewable energies including solar and wind after the government instituted higher taxes on fossil fuels, and as the cost of wind and solar continues to drop.

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