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.
Solar Water Pump
Solar water pump definition
A solar water pump is a mechanical pump powered by electricity generated using photovoltaic panels. It is popularly referred to as a solar water pumping system because it requires several key components to work. The critical constituents of a functional water pump include;
- A solar panel array
- A mechanical DC water pump
- Photovoltaic cables
- A fuse box
- A solar charger control
You can employ a solar water pump in various applications, including crop irrigation and drinking water supply. Currently, it is the most suitable option for all your pumping needs because it has several benefits. It is essentially more efficient to operate and less costly to maintain than traditional fossil fuel-powered pumps. More importantly, it is environmentally friendly primarily because it runs on renewable solar energy. How exactly does it work?
The solar water pump’s working principle
When most of us hear of a solar water pump, we assume it is pretty challenging to use. I can confidently tell you that its usage is pretty straightforward once you install all the necessary components. Figure 1 below offers an outline of the main things you need to have in place for your solar water pump to work efficiently;
Figure 1: Components of a functional solar water pump system
The solar array absorbs solar energy and converts it into electric energy. The solar water pump’s inverter converts the DC electric current output generated by the photovoltaic system into AC. The AC electric current powers the pump and propels water from the source to the intended destination.
It is also crucial to note that the inverters regulate the electricity output frequency and voltage instantaneously. These regulatory actions correspond to variations in sunlight intensity. In simple terms, the system switches to supplementary energy automatically when sunlight intensity weakens. Is this not enough to convince you that a solar water pumping system is worth its investment?
Classifications of solar water pumps
There are several classifications of solar water pumps that you can choose from depending on your specific needs. The main varieties of solar water pumps include;
- The submersible solar water pump
This type of pump is ideal for deep water sources such as wells. It can lift up to 650 feet of water provided the sunlight energy can generate sufficient electricity to power the pump. Consequently, it is advisable to pump and store water when the sun’s intensity is at its best.
- The surface solar water pump
This pumping system is suitable for shallow water sources, including streams, storage tanks, and ponds. They can comfortably lift water with a depth of not more than 20 feet. If you intend to draw water beyond this depth, it would be best to settle for submersible pumps.