Solar Market Outlook in Philippines
The Philippines’ growing solar market is due in part to the Philippine Energy Plan that has outlined the policies and steps needed for the country to reach its target of 20 GW renewable energy by 2040 (or 15 GW by 2030). As of 2021, the country’s solar energy generation capacity is at 1.2 GW.
The solar power market in the Philippines takes on a liberal approach. It is also regulated through the Republic Act No. 9513 that promotes the development, utilization, and commercialization in the harnessing of renewable energy sources in the country.
With the power consumption in the Philippines forecast to grow with a compound annual growth rate of 5.8 percent, the government believes in the importance of increasing its power generation capacity as well. Since the country does not import electricity, it is important that alternative sources be looked into in order to cope with the demand. Its tropical location that provides year-round access to sunlight makes solar power a valid option as a renewable energy source. The government has already expressed its plan to deploy more solar PV installations in order to reach its target solar capacity by 2030, as outlined in the National Renewable Energy Program.
Solar Energy Equipment Supply Capacity in Philippines
There are several manufacturers of solar power equipment in the Philippines. For those looking for more options, you can find plenty of online and global distributors and suppliers.
Top 8 Major Seaports & Logistics in Philippines
The Philippines is an archipelago so there are plenty of seaports to facilitate trade and logistics of solar equipment. The top ports in the Philippines include
- the Port of Manila,
- Port of Cebu,
- Port of Batangas,
- Port of Subic,
- Port of Cagayan de Oro,
- Port of Davao,
- Port of Iloilo,
- Port of General Santos,
- Port of Zamboanga,
- Port of Lucena.
Ground Mount Systems
Ground Mount Systems for Solar
When you install a solar panel system at home or your working space, you have different mounting ways to choose from. Although you observe that most residential and commercial properties have solar panels installed on their rooftop, that’s not the only means. Besides, that is the only traditional way of placing your solar panels. There are several ways to place and install your solar power systems. Among the methods of installing solar panel systems, the ground mount system is the most common one.
In today’s article, we will explain what a ground mount system is, its cost, benefits, and other important things you should know about it.
What is a Solar Ground Mount System?
Let’s simply put it in a simpler way. From the words “ground” and “mount” a ground mount solar power system is a way of mounting or installing your solar panel system on the ground or any large field near your property rather than installing them at your property’s roof. This type of ground mount system is a good alternative solar solution if you don’t want to place it on top of your house. As long as you have a large yard or field near your place and there is abundant sunlight in your area you can easily have your solar panels installed. Usually, the panels are placed anywhere from a few inches to a few feet off the ground, depending on how your installers set up the racking system.
Types of Ground Mount Systems
The ground-mounted solar system has two main types: standard ground mount and pole mount. The standard one is the same as the pole-mounted ones, the only difference is it is not elevated on poles but rather directly installed on the ground using ground anchors to hold up a racking table.
A standard mount system is also easier to install as it typically holds the solar array in a fixed position on the ground. Besides, it is a more cost-effective solution for a ground install compared to a pole mount system that usually has tracking systems, resulting in a higher cost per watt.
Meanwhile, a pole-mounted system acts as a support system to the ground-mounted panels. Since they are elevated on poles, they can easily get maximum sun absorption. Not to mention that they have a monitoring option that allows the solar panels to angle with the sun’s direction.
What Properties are Applicable for Ground Mount Systems?
You can get your solar panels mounted on the ground for your residential or commercial properties as long as you have an open space to place them. Typically, for a residential home, you will need 60-cell solar panels, same with the solar panel size used in residential roof solar installations. Solar farms and bigger facilities are also applicable for ground-mounted solar installations. These properties need larger-scale ground-mounted systems, usually 72-cell solar panels to power the entire building. In this case, a wider field or ground space is needed to install the solar power system.
How Much Does it Cost to Get a Ground-Mounted Solar System?
When it comes to residential and commercial/agricultural properties, there will be a significant difference between the cost of ground-mounted solar panels installation before and after applying incentives. To give you an estimated cost, the average residential property can expect to pay between $23,000 and $46,000+ to get a ground-mounted solar system, but prices still vary depending on the size of solar panels. Whereas, commercial and industrial properties can expect to pay $66,000 to $200,000+ to install a ground-mounted solar system.