The Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a policy requiring new and existing buildings to use solar photovoltaic (PV) and other renewable energy (RE) technologies.
Department Circular (DC) 2020-12-0026 aims to promote the energy-conserving design of buildings and their services and boost the demand for energy-efficient materials and technologies.
Aside from solar PV, other RE technologies that can be used in buildings are wind power supply systems, solar weather heaters, solar air conditioners, and solar-powered lighting systems to reduce demand for commercial power.
“Covered buildings shall source, initially, a minimum of 1 percent of their projected annual energy requirements,” the DC read.
Covered buildings include those with electrical loads of at least 112.5 kilovolt-ampere (kVa) or with a total gross floor area of at least 10,000 square meters.
Energy Utilization Management Bureau Director Patrick Aquino told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) that they are eyeing to impose penalties on those who would not comply with the guidelines.