Utility firm opens first solar-powered water treatment facility in PH

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Photo shows Manila Water president and CEO Gerardo C. Ablaza Jr. (second from left) together with Taguig mayor Laarni Cayetano, Taguig vice mayor Ricardo Cruz (3rd from left), Councilors Jojo Eron (rightmost) and Pami Zamora (2nd from right), Brgy. Captain Nicky Supan, and Manila Water operations group director Geodino Carpio (leftmost) during the ceremonial inauguration of the country?s first solar-powered septage treatment facility located at the Food Terminal Complex in Taguig City Photo shows Manila Water president and CEO Gerardo C. Ablaza Jr. (second from left) together with Taguig mayor Laarni Cayetano, Taguig vice mayor Ricardo Cruz (3rd from left), Councilors Jojo Eron (rightmost) and Pami Zamora (2nd from right), Brgy. Captain Nicky Supan, and Manila Water operations group director Geodino Carpio (leftmost) during the ceremonial inauguration of the country?s first solar-powered septage treatment facility located at the Food Terminal Complex in Taguig City[/caption] Manila Water operations group director Geodino Carpio said the installation of the solar-powered treatment facility, which cost P8.09 million to build, is expected to reduce the power consumption of the SpTP by about 20 to 30 percent. This translates to more than 9,000 kilowatt-hour monthly savings or about 110,000 killowatt-hour savings annually, the company said. The grid-tied solar-powered facility consists of photovoltaic array, inverter, breaker box, and meter. Photovoltaic panels convert solar energy to direct current which is converted to alternating current by the inverters. Breaker box provides an interconnection point to the consumer or grid while the meter provides measurement of the actual power generated by the facility. Manila Water is an Ayala-led company and concessionaire of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System that provides water and used water services to more than 6.3 million residents of parts of Quezon City and Manila, Marikina, Pasig, San Juan, Mandaluyong, Pateros, Makati, Taguig and Rizal Province. ]]>

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