Escalating energy prices and an unreliable power supply in the Philippines does not make it easy for hospitals to run effectively. Because of this, hospitals are turning to renewable energy for their electricity in order to guarantee both lower energy bills and a reliable energy supply.
Hybrid renewable energy system saves money and provides reliable power
A good example of this is the Calamba Doctors’ Hospital (CDH) in the city of Calamba which receives its energy from a hybrid renewable energy system which was installed late last year by Urban Green Energy (UGE) and Orion Group International. The system is comprised of 150kW grid-tie solar PV and a VisionAIR3 wind turbine.
The hospital was paying up to US$20,000 per month for its electricity and its managers wanted to reduce this escalating expense by at least 15%. UGE designed a system to maximize the installation area over six building rooftops, which eventually offset 20% of the hospital’s electricity bill.
The system also included UGE’s monitoring system ViewUGE, which transmits real-time energy production data that can be accessed through the internet from any remote location.
The system’s annual energy output is 193,9256kWh and the return on investment is seven years, according to UGE.
UGE is now working with CDH to implement similar systems in their other medical facilities across the Philippines.
UGE and Orion bring clean power to Philippines
The Philippine’s economy is growing rapidly and locals are demanding a more reliable source of energy. In response, UGE and Orion joined forces to ramp up clean energy production in the Philippines. Through their strategic partnership, they are able to provide commercial businesses with renewable energy that is more affordable and more reliable than the electricity grid, says a UGE statement. [Engerati – Philippines Aim To Save US$20 billion Annually Using Distributed Energy.] This is evident in the savings and reliable power supply that the Calamba hospital is now enjoying.
UGE and Orion have already completed a number of successful solar and wind project installations for leading Filipino companies, including on-site energy systems at a resort owned by developer Ayala Land Inc., and a luxury hotel in Palawan owned by the Astoria Group.
Infrastructure and energy inefficiencies, resulting in blackouts, cost the Philippines an estimated US$20 billion annually, and that’s on top of electricity prices upwards of US$0.28/kWh.
UGE and Orion will leverage financing options on behalf of customers, making it possible for Filipino businesses to reduce or completely eliminate the upfront costs of installing solar technology and instead pay a fixed monthly rate.
As the economy grows and Filipinos demand more reliable sources of energy, distributed renewable energy sources will become more attractive. Adding more renewable power to the mix can also help the country save money by reducing its growing dependence on imported fossil fuels.
Utilities should view distributed off-grid solar and wind power as an opportunity as it improves power reliability and can act as a back up during outages, caused either by natural disasters or blackouts. With over 7,000 islands, this form of electricity should be the way forward.