Going green in the Philippines

The Philippines could source 23% of its energy from renewables by 2025. That’s according to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), which recommends a series of […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

The Philippines could source 23% of its energy from renewables by 2025.

That’s according to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), which recommends a series of concrete actions for clean energy deployment in the country.

It says unlocking this potential will be necessary to help the nation meet its growing energy demand, pursue low carbon development and address climate change.

In 2011 the Philippines set an ambitious renewable energy target of 15.3GW by 2030, nearly triple 2010’s 5,438MW.

IRENA’s guidelines to achieve this include raising public awareness of renewable energy solutions, assessing grid infrastructure to allow proactive energy planning and training and identifying skills and resource deficiencies.

It also suggests the nation should look more heavily into establishing microgrids and developing regulatory frameworks for attracting investment and engaging with the private sector.

Alfonso G. Cusi, the Philippines’ Secretary of Energy, said: “The Philippines has been exploring a variety of options to build an energy independent future supplied by sustainable, stable, secure, sufficient, accessible and reasonably priced energy sources.

“In pursuit of this ultimate goal, the Philippines has stepped up its efforts in promoting the deployment of indigenous renewables energy over the past few years.”

A project is helping 40,000 poor households without electricity in the country be powered by solar energy.