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 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 […]

Solar to power rural Filipino homes

More than 40,000 poor households without electricity in the Philippines are to be powered by solar energy. The World Bank’s Global Partnership on Output-Based Aid (GPOBA) is providing $3 million (£2.3m), the European Union has granted $12.8 million (£9.8m) and an additional contribution is being made by the Department of Energy of the Philippines. The […]

World Bank to buy carbon credits from Philippines

The World Bank has committed to buying carbon credits from landfill operators in the Philippines. It could purchase around 1.7 million carbon credits until 2020. An agreement with Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK) allows local government units and operator of sanitary landfills to sell carbon credits to the World Bank. These landfills need to be part of […]

Philippines to get waste-to-energy plants

Philippines will soon have its first waste-to-energy plant which can power 22,000 homes. The 8.8MW facility will be built in Lian, South Philippines. It will use organic waste from sugarcane and molasses from a nearby alcohol distillery. Apart from electricity the plant will have by-products such as fertilizers that can be sold to farmers and other companies. […]

Philippines connects 150MW wind farm

An onshore wind farm with a total capacity of 150MW has officially been commissioned in the Philippines. EDC Burgos Wind Power Corporation’s wind farm – said to be the nation’s largest – was built at a cost of $450 million (£283.8m). It is now connected to the grid and is delivering power to the Philippines’ […]

Gamesa bags 54MW Philippines wind farm deal

Spanish turbine manufacturer Gamesa has won a contract to build a 54MW wind farm in the Philippines. The agreement with Alternergy includes the construction, supply and installation of 27 turbines in the Pililla wind farm, located on the island of Luzon. It marks the third contract closed by Gamesa in the Southeast Asian market, having […]

Philippines turns on first large-scale solar farm

The first utility-scale solar farm in the Philippines was officially switched on this week. Solar energy firm Conergy has completed the first phase of the 22MW facility, which is located close to the port of San Carlos City. Phase one features 13MW of power capacity but when completed the solar farm is expected to generate […]

Charity bringing solar light to typhoon-hit Philippines

An Estonian charity is to install 2,000 makeshift solar lights in the Philippines. The region is still recovering from the super typhoon Haiyan. Figures released this week put the death toll from the natural disaster at nearly 6,000. The lights are made from recycled plastic bottles, filled with water and a little bleach to keep […]

US to oppose separate UN climate change ‘reparations’

US negotiators have been told to oppose calls for a separate mechanism to pay for climate change ‘reparations’ at the UN climate change talks in Warsaw, according to an internal State Department memo seen by The Hindu. The issue has been pushed up the agenda by the destruction caused in the Philippines by Typhoon Haiyan. […]

Fund for small-scale renewables raises nearly £84m

A private equity fund investing in small-scale renewable energy and resource efficiency projects in South East Asia has raised $130 million (£83.6 million) in it’s third closing. The Armstrong South East Asian Clean Energy Fund expects to make 10 to 15 investments over its 10-year life, putting between $5 million  (£3.2 million) and $12 million […]