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1 Mar, 2017 by Jill Viray

Just few months after Royal Cargo inaugurated the second phase of its temperature-controlled facility located in Laguna Industrial International Park (LIIP), the expansion of its solar rooftop has been recently unveiled with the ceremonial opening of the Germany-supported solar panel installation held last February 21, 2017 at the Royal Cargo City South Hub in Binan, Laguna.

Group Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Michael K. Raeuber and New German Ambassador to Manila, Mr. Gordon Kricke led the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the second phase of Royal Cargo Cold Storage solar panel system.

After the initial 245 kilowatt-peak (kwp) solar rooftop booked a notable drop in electricity cost in 2016, Royal Cargo expanded its solar installation by another 225 kilowatt-peak (kwp). The additional solar panel system is expected to double the current 300,000 kilowatt hour (kwh) capacity of the first phase which is capable of generating and providing up to fifty (50) percent load of electricity for the cold storage during daytime.

The execution of the project was made possible with the support of Project Development Program (PDP) implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, a German institution for development cooperation, within the German Energy Solutions Initiative of the German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy; and Aschoff Solar GmbH, a company that provides industrial largescale photovoltaic and solar thermal systems for rooftop applications in combination.

“This is a clear demonstration that renewable energy, particularly solar energy, is already a viable economic alternative to the conventional supply of electricity for industrial customers in developing countries,” said Mr. Raeuber.

Given the lack of standard procedures for installation of solar panels bigger than 100 kilowatt-peak (kwp) in the country, GIZ kept an eye in monitoring the technical implementation of the project that epitomized significant achievement to the Philippine rooftop solar panel and for the renewable energy field as well.

Led by Mr. Raueber, Ambassador Kricke also toured around the cold storage warehouse after the ribbon-cutting on the rooftop. Also present were Mr. Carsten Aschoff, CEO of Aschoff Solar GmbH and Mr. Michael Vemuri, Chief Advisor of Renewable Energy – GIZ.

In October 2015, Royal Cargo opened the first phase of the solar panel system also dubbed as the very first Solar-powered warehouse in the Philippines.

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