Daily Archives: June 7, 2012

From ADB and beyond

An interesting story about Suntech is the founder started the company using a technology developed with an Australian university (UNSW) to what is now the world’s largest solar producer. Let’s hope this first solar installation at the ADB is a start of a solar revolution in the country

From PR Newswire

571kW Solar System Is the Largest Rooftop Installation in the Philippines

MANILA, Philippines, June 6, 2012 /PRNewswireAsia/ — Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd. (NYSE: STP), the world’s largest producer of solar panels, and Propmech Corporation, a leading engineering, procurement and construction company in the Philippines, have completed a 571 kilowatt rooftop solar installation on the Asian Development Bank‘s (ADB) headquarters in Manila, Philippines. Equipped with high-quality solar modules from Suntech, and installed and integrated by Propmech, the new solar system will generate more than 600 megawatt hours of solar electricity and offset 307 tons of carbon dioxide per year, making it the largest rooftop solar installation in the Philippines. The inauguration ceremony occurred on June 5, 2012, World Environment Day.

“We are excited to partner with Propmech and to inaugurate ADB’s rooftop solar installation. This solar installation demonstrates that with innovative solar products and collaboration among bankable partners, solar can provide a cost-effective solution for electricity generation across Southeast Asia,” commented Dr. Zhengrong Shi, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Suntech.

“This solar installation is an important investment for our company. The investment is the most concrete expression of our belief and commitment to the viability of solar PV technology. We chose to partner with Suntech not just because of its high quality products, backed by a 25 year warranty, but more importantly because we share Dr. Shi’s vision of providing the Filipino people with reliable access to nature’s cleanest and most abundant energy source,” remarked Mrs. Helen Tong, Managing Director of Propmech Corporation.

Considering that Philippines has some of the highest retail electricity tariffs in Asia at approximately $0.18/kWh, solar technology is providing cost-effective energy solutions for customers throughout the country.(1)

Suntech is a first-mover in driving solar energy adoption in Southeast Asia, and works with local partners to deliver high-quality and cost-effective solar electricity solutions. With one of the largest distribution networks in Southeast Asia, Suntech provides customized solar products for a wide range of solar applications.

Source: PR Newswire (http://s.tt/1dsHt)

More flights to and from the Philippines coming soon

Zest, Cebu Pacific are soon planning to expand into Australia. With Air Asia and Tiger Airlines expanding in Manila too expect more people from both countries touring each other’s place. That’s good for culture and business too.

From Businessworld Philippines

June 06, 2012

Zest Air plans to offer flights to Australia, seeks allocation

ZEST AIRWAYS, Inc. (Zest Air) plans to offer flights to Australia, documents from the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) showed, making it yet another budget carrier to announce expansion plans.

Zest Air asked regulators for 1,546 weekly seat entitlements to the neighboring continent, which it plans to use next year, a filing showed.

“Notice is hereby given that Zest Airways has filed with the CAB a petition for designation as Philippine official carrier and allocation of entitlements between the Philippines and Australia dated March 13, 2009, at total of 1,546 weekly seats under Route A to be operated in the summer schedules of 2013 utilizing its Airbus A330-300,” the CAB document read.

Ma. Alben S.L. Moro, chief of CAB’s hearing and examiners division, said that hearing has been tentatively rescheduled to June 13 from June 5 following Zest Air’s request.

CAB documents further showed that the country has an existing 5,000 seat allocation for Australia-Route A.

Already, 3,194 seat allocations per week have been allocated to flag carrier Philippine Airlines while a 1,260-weekly seat allocation have been given to Cebu Pacific, bringing the distributed seat entitlements to 4,454.

The country, however, has an unlimited seat entitlements for the Australia-Route B that allows carriers to mount flights from any point in the country except Manila and Clark to any point in Australia except Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.

This comes as other budget carriers were yesterday found to be planning flights to more destinations.

“Notice is hereby given that AirAsia, Inc. has filed with CAB a petition for reallocation of entitlements to Hong Kong a total of 1,428 seat entitlements previously allocated to Zest Airways (1,250 weekly seats) and Seair,” a separate CAB filing showed.

Air Asia already has 1,036 seat entitlements per week for Hong Kong, but Marianne B. Hontiveros, the airline’s chief executive officer, said that AirAsia Philippines wants two daily flights to the former British colony.

“I want to run a second daily flight and need seats, which are un-utilized by those airlines,” Ms. Hontiveros toldBusinessWorld in a text message yesterday.

But Alfredo A. Herrera, Zest Air’s chief for sales and marketing, said in a text message yesterday: “We are not giving up our allocation, and we are in fact working out schedules.”

Seair, for its part, is set to expand its domestic destinations to seven locations: Cebu, Davao, Tacloban, Iloilo, Puerto Princesa, Kalibo and Bacolod.

Meanwhile, Cebu Air, Inc., which operates budget carrier Cebu Pacific, said it yesterday signed a $280 million contract with Rolls-Royce which will provide long-term service support for its Trent 700 engines on up to eight Airbus A330 aircraft.

Article location : http://www.bworldonline.com/content.php?Section=Corporate&title=Zest Air plans to offer flights to Australia, seeks allocation&id=53043

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