Puerto Princesa City Solar Showcase

The Puerto Princesa City Solar Showcase is situated high atop the New City Hall complex overlooking the Puerto Princesa Harbor. Puerto Princesa is the provincial capital of the Island of Palawan, in the southwestern Philippines. Located about ten degrees north of the Equator between the West Philippine Sea and the Sulu Sea, Palawan is a rare global treasure. Puerto Princesa is an attractive destination for a substantial and growing number of domestic and international eco-tourists who are seeking out the remote unspoiled natural beauty and wonders of the island highlighted by excursions through such places as the caves of the underground river and the many uninhabited islands of Honda Bay. Creating a sustainable, ecofriendly and affordable source of energy is vitally important to meet the economic and living needs of Puerto Princesa while protecting its thriving ecosystem.

VISSOLIS, in partnership with the local government of Puerto Princesa, is taking the lead in meeting Palawan’s sustainable energy needs. The City Hall rooftop solar array is the fi rst step toward the goal of powering Palawan with 100 percent renewable energy. The Puerto Princesa City Solar Showcase is made up of three hundred 260-Watt photovoltaic (PV) modules that convert the bright sunlight of the region directly to electricity for the use of the City Hall Complex. In total the solar array has a peak capacity of 78 kilowatts dc and produces about 105,000 kilowatt hours of electricity each year. Three solar inverters transform the direct current of the modules into alternating current and match the grid frequency of the electricity circulating in the City Hall Complex. All of the key components of the project are manufactured in Germany. The PV modules are manufactured by Astronergy, the inverters by SMA, and the racking and attachment system is manufactured by Schletter.


“Hindi bukas kundi ngayon! (Not tomorrow, but today!) Through its partnership with VISSOLIS, Puerto Princesa City is now producing its own clean, renewable, lower cost solar electricity. This is power of the people for the people.“

Mayor Lucilo ”Cecil” Bayron


VISSOLIS has financed, designed, and installed the Puerto Princesa City Solar Showcase on behalf of the local government and will operate and maintain the system over the next twenty years through a build-lease-transfer contract. Through this arrangement Puerto Princesa has the advantage of its own clean, renewable energy source without the burden of any upfront costs. Best of all, the City pays substantially less per kilowatt hour for its own solar electricity than it does for energy purchased from the outside electrical grid. Bottom line, the Puerto Princesa City Solar Showcase is good for the environment, good for the economy and good for the people of Puerto Princesa.

This project is part of the worldwide dena Renewable Energy Solutions Programme coordinated by Deutsche Energie-Agentur (dena) - the German Energy Agency - and co-financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) within the „renewables – Made in Germany“ initiative.


Deutsche Energie-Agentur (dena)
The Deutsche Energie-Agentur (dena) - the German Energy Agency - is Germany's centre of expertise for energy efficiency, renewable energy sources and intelligent energy systems. dena's aim is to ensure that energy is used in both a national and international context as efficiently, safely and economically as possible with the least possible impact on climate. dena is working with stakeholders from the worlds of politics and business and from society at large to achieve this aim. Shareholders in dena are the Federal Republic of Germany, KfW Bankengruppe, Allianz SE, Deutsche Bank AG and DZ BANK AG. www.dena.de/en.

renewables – Made in Germany Initiative
The “renewables – Made in Germany” brand represents innovative, practical and efficient technologies and services which use renewable energy sources in a variety of ways, ranging from rural electrification to industrial-scale power stations. “renewables – Made in Germany” also contribute significantly to climate protection promoting the worldwide acceptance and use of renewable energies. It is the official aim of the German government to make a significant contribution to international climate protection. Therefore, the government has been actively supporting the world-wide dissemination of cutting-edge German renewable energy technology and know-how since 2002.
The transfer of renewable energy expertise, the promotion of foreign trade and the facilitation of international development cooperation are part of the “renewables – Made in Germany” initiative. www.renewables-made-in-germany.com

dena Renewable Energy Solutions Programme (dena RES Programme)
The dena RES Programme was developed by the Deutsche Energie-Agentur (dena) – the German Energy Agency. This programme, co-financed by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy within the “renewables – Made in Germany” initiative, supports renewable energy companies entering new markets. Within the framework of the programme reference and demonstration projects are installed nearby designated institutions in different countries around the world. The installation is accompanied by comprehensive marketing and training programmes. These projects impressively present high-quality renewable energy technology. www.renewables-made-in-germany.com


Project Details

  • Location: Puerto Princesa New City Hall, Palawan, Philippines
  • Installed Capacity: 78 kWp dc / 60 kW ac
  • Annual yield: Approximately 105,000 kWh per year
  • Modules: 300 Astronergy ASM6610P-260 Watt dc (Made in Germany)
  • Inverters: 3 SMA Sunny Tripower 20,000 TLEE 10
  • Racking: Schletter Rapid2+ – FixT System
  • Host: City of Puerto Princesa


Project Energy & Power Output

Visit the Public-Solarmonitoring to see detailed statistics of the Puerto Princesa City Solar.

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