DOE challenges developers to scale non-FIT solar

DOE challenges developers to scale non-FIT solar

DOE acting undersecretary Mario Marasigan said that single projects of 50 to 100 MW would not be enough to compensate for the country's increasing baseload capacities, asking solar developers to present a more convincing business model for their proposed 100% renewable energy (RE) platform.

Marasigan, a major advocate for RE said that he is realistic about the fact that power systems still need diversified portfolio of energy technologies.

“I am trying to hear from all developers and quite interested in the proposal,” he said, referring to the bid from Solar Philippine's Leandro Leviste and other groups to eventually replace coal-dominated baseload capacities with RE, primarily solar without relying on feed-in-tariff (FIT), by 2030. 

“If they can secure a bilateral contract or agreement on their proposed projects, so be it. But it should be based on economy of scale – not just based on a 50MW project, but it should be based on a series of 100MW projects," Marasigan said, then they should come up with a price that could offset all other projects – so rather than individual projects, you need to lump together several projects to build scale, and bigger capacities on the contracting sphere.”