Decorp: Use of solar panel during pandemic is beneficial

By July 12, 2021Business

MORE and more households and establishments within the franchised areas of the Dagupan Electric Corporation are already producing their own electric energy using solar panels through net metering installed in Decorp’s network.

This was revealed by Augusto Sarmiento, Decorp network control manager, during an inquiry in aid of legislation on the higher generation charge billed by his company to its customers in June during a zoom session of the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) of Dagupan City on Tuesday.

Sarmiento told Councilor Karlos Reyna that there are presently 60 net metering customers of Decorp using solar panel to produce electricity and are linked with the Decorp. Such an arrangement, he added, has the approval of the Energy Regulations Commission (ERC).

Since the networking customers are linked to the network of Decorp, they are required to sell their excess energy to the Decorp, Sarmiento said.

He said Decorp paid their net metering customers 27,247-kilowatt power in June and another 33,373-kilowatt power in May.

All excess energy generated by the solar panel go into to the system of Decorp and channeled to the other customers, Sarmiento said.

Decorp is processing the applications of those who want to install net metering attached to their solar panel following the guidelines set by ERC.

According to the amended ERC rules that took effect in October 2019, the approval of net metering applications should be sped up within 20 days and the customers need to install an additional renewable energy precipitate meter.

Sarmiento said the customers with net metering have an advantage during the pandemic when a lot of people are working from home because they use air conditioners powered by solar panel and greatly reduce home expenses. (Leonardo Micua)

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