Solar energy can power Philippines through disasters

According to, ‘Emerging markets in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines have good potential for growth due to their economic development demands coupled with the ample sunlight all four countries enjoy. In addition, the four emerging markets named have implemented feed-in tariff subsidy policies and all four have set renewable energy targets for 2020 to 2030.’

The upcoming Solar Energy Southeast Asia conference taking place in less than two weeks time at the IMPACT Arena in Bangkok will support and accelerate the development of solar energy, both on- and off-grid in the ASEAN region.

With recent news of the Philippines typhoon disaster affecting energy supplies, development of off-grid solar particularly in rural and marginalised areas is crucial.

Mr Pete Maniego, Chairman of the National Renewable Energy Board (NREB) says: “The Philippines needs distributed generation, which can supply power even during the height of typhoons and other calamities. Favourable factors such as high electricity rates, Feed-in Tariff, Net Metering and Renewable Portfolio Standards make solar power highly competitive.”

Mr Maniego along with Mr Dante Briones, President of the Philippines Solar Power Alliance, will be speaking at the conference on Wednesday 4 December on ‘Solar policies for the Philippines; FiTs, latest developments and future prospects’.

“The Solar Energy Southeast Asia Conference will provide the forum to network and share experiences with developers and suppliers as well as government agencies involved in solar power development,” Mr Maniego said.

He added that the conference is an opportunity to educate the industry about “the huge opportunities existing in the Philippines for solar energy applications”.

New speakers joining the programme include:

Mr Sunil Gupta, Managing Director - Global Head of Cleantech, Standard Chartered Bank

Mr Franck Constant, President, Sonnedix

Mr Andy Schroeter, Chief Executive Officer, Sunlabob Renewable Energy, Ltd. Laos

Mr Philip Napier-Moore, Project Director, Power Generation, Mott MacDonald

Mr Setta Verojporn, Project Engineer, Mott MacDonald

Mr Amiran Roth-Deblon, Regional Director, Asia Pacific, Juwi Renewable Energies

Mr Thomas Chrometzka, Director Renewable Energy, GIZ Thailand

Mr Winston Lorenzana Mendoza, Chairman, Lim Solar, the Philippines

Dr Lars Podlowski, Managing Director, SOLON Energy GmbH

Mr Yong Liu, Chief Technology Officer, JA Solar Holdings Co.,Ltd

For further information or to book to attend, visit or contact:

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Hilda Ho
Marketing and Events Coordinator
Tel: 0044 (0) 207 871 0122

Graham Anderson
Business Development Director
Tel: 0044 (0) 1865 318123

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