SBMA eyes up to 39% savings with solar power systems
SBMA Chairman and Administrator Wilma Eisma said Building 229 and Building 255, which are two main office buildings of the agency, are now being equipped with Grid-Tied Solar Power System that would generate savings from electric consumption of from 12 to 39 percent. “SBMA is going green—which is not only good for the environment, but is even economically inevitable because that’s the way things are shaping up. You either shift to renewables, or become inefficient and less competitive,” Eisma said. “After installing the solar systems at 229 and 255, we will schedule six other SBMA facilities, including the Remy Field sports complex, for similar solar system upgrades,” she added. The Subic agency proceeded with the green innovation after a pilot project at the SBMA Regulatory Building that ran successfully two years ago. The new project at Buildings 229 and 255 will produce about 90 kilowatts-peak (kWp), which is the rate at which a photovoltaic or solar power system can generate energy at peak performance. Eisma said the project contractor, Kennedy Energy and Development Corp., has just finished tapping the array of photovoltaic sources on top of the two buildings to existing main distribution panels. “With these solar power sources, we expect not only to save on electricity billings, but also to sell some of the excess power that we can export back to the grid,” she said.