Week In South East Asia: Embassy Of Sweden In Vietnam Installs Rooftop Solar; Sunseap & Facebook Sign Solar Agreement From Singapore’s Offshore Floating Project; Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines Inc To Install Solar Power In Its Manufacturing Plants and More

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Embassy Of Sweden In Vietnam Installs Rooftop Solar

In order to promote clean and renewable energy, The embassy of Sweden has recently installed solar panels at the Swedish “Greener“ Residence in Tay Ho, Hanoi. This installed PV rooftop solar panel with energy storage at the Swedish Green Residence, 10 Dang Thai Mai is a first of its kind in the area. It has a total capacity of 18.5kW and uses special hybrid inverters and batteries to save energy for later use. This ability to store energy enables the system to also operate as a backup power supply during blackout. In a span of just 58 days of operation, the system has produced 1.74MWh which is equivalent to 5 trees planted, 0.60 tons of coal saving, and about 1.73 tons of CO2 emission in a short period of time during winter. The system is expected to produce more power in the summer when sunlight is abundant in Hanoi.

Sunseap And Facebook Sign Multi-year Agreement For Solar Energy From Singapore’s Largest Offshore Floating Project

Sunseap Group has signed a multi-year virtual power purchase agreement (VPPA) with Facebook for solar energy from the Republic’s largest offshore floating solar farm in the Straits of Johor. The energy from the five MWp offshore floating photovoltaic system will be exported to the national grid. All renewable energy credits (RECs) from the project will be transferred to Facebook under the VPPA and will support the tech company’s operations in Singapore, including Facebook’s first custom-built data centre in Asia. The agreement signed with Facebook is Sunseap’s second VPPA with the tech company since October 2020—Sunseap and Facebook also have an agreement for renewable energy exported from solar systems installed on more than 1,200 rooftops.

Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines Inc To Shift To Solar Power For Its Manufacturing Plants

Recently, Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines Inc said that in order to reduce dependency on grid electricity produced from fossil fuels, its manufacturing plants would shift to renewable energy. The company said that it signed a deal for the installation of solar panels in its Batangas, Cebu and Davao manufacturing plants. For this, it has tapped India’s SunSource Energy to improve plant electricity cost and minimize the company’s impact on the environment. Pepsi-Cola Philippines is looking at a reduction in the use of grid electricity to up to 30 percent. Solar panel installation is expected to be completed by the end of the year. This shift was the first of three phases of its plan to use solar panels in all of its 12 plants across the country.

Philippines’ DAR Completes P1-M Solar-powered Irrigation System In Isabela

A P1-million worth of Solar Power Irrigation System (SPIS) project, located at Banquero, Reina Mercedes in the province of Isabela, is now operational after the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), in partnership with the local government unit of Reina Mercedes, has completed its construction. DAR-Cagayan Valley Regional Director Samuel Solomero said the irrigation system would benefit 39 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARB)-members from Reina Mercedes Riverside Farmers Association (RMRFA). “This project will provide enough water supply to more than five-hectare vegetable farmland managed by RMRFA. Sufficient water is equivalent to an abundant harvest. More harvest and income for our ARBs would mean that they could contribute to securing food supply in the province,” Solomero said. Solomero revealed that out of P 1-million-peso total project cost, the department will shoulder Php 850,000.00 while the LGU-Reina Mercedes counterpart is P150,000.00 for the drilling and land preparation.

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