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 /PRNewswire–Asia/ — 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.