Published: 31 January 2023
The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) awarded the Commission on Audit (COA) with a Certificate of Compliance as qualified end-user for its Solar Rooftop Photovoltaic (PV) System installed at the COA Dormitory and the Professional and Institutional Development Sector buildings on 18 January 2023.
COA Chairperson Gamaliel A. Cordoba (center) with Commissioners Roland C. Pondoc and Mario G. Lipana join ERC Commissioner Catherine P. Maceda during the Awarding of Certificate of Compliance for the COA Solar PV System on 16 January 2023 at the CP Boardroom.
The COA Solar Photovoltaic (PV) System was installed in 2017 under a lease arrangement between the Philippine National Oil Corporation – Renewables Corporation (PNOC-RC) and COA signed on 30 May 2016 for a lease term of 15 years. It is one of the initial installations under the net metering scheme of the “Solar Rooftop Program in Government Agencies” launched by the PNOC-RC.
The Commission had the solar panels installed to show support to the renewable energy drive of the government and to utilize alternative sources of electricity at less cost. COA has benefited from savings generated since the installation of the solar facilities.
“I am truly grateful to the PNOC and the ERC for the success of this joint program and hope that more government agencies see the benefits and are encouraged to follow in our footsteps,” COA Chairperson Gamaliel A. Cordoba said.
ERC Commissioner Catherine P. Maceda noted that COA was the first to have solar facilities in a government agency at the national level and in a net metering capacity. “I hope the time comes that fifty percent of the country’s power requirements will hopefully be sourced from renewable energy. The more net metering facility we have, the better,” Commissioner Maceda observed.
The awarding ceremony was also attended by COA Commissioners Roland C. Pondoc and Mario G. Lipana, COA officials and employees as well as officials of the ERC.#