Distributed Energy Resources (DER) refers to renewable energy units or systems that are commonly located at houses or businesses to provide them with power. Another name for DER is “behind the meter” because the electricity is generated or managed ‘behind’ the electricity meter in the home or business.
DER is a faster, less expensive option to the construction of large, central power plants and high-voltage transmission lines. It provides the consumer with greater reliability, adequate power quality, and the possibility to participate in competitive electric power markets. DER also has the potential to mitigate overloaded transmission lines, control price fluctuations, strengthen energy security, and provide greater stability to the electricity grid.
As a company dedicated to the promotion of DER through roof-mounted solar PV systems, WeGen Philippines is taking the lead to organize the deep dive session on Distributed Energy Resources as a preparatory event of the Renewable Energy (RE) Congress and Exhibit 2021.
The objective of the deep-dive session is to answer a basic question: What does it take to accelerate the adoption of DER in the Philippines?
There will be five presentations and speakers are given 25 minutes each for their presentations for a total of 100 minutes. The remaining 20 minutes of the two-hour session will be for an open forum.
The presentations will focus on the following areas: the Technology needed to accelerate DER deployment, how to attract DER Financing from the financial market, and what are the enabling policies as seen from the eyes of renewable energy developers and customers. A case study will be presented on how a distribution utility has transf
Technology to Transform the Electricity Industry Structure into DER
This session will look at the latest advances in microinverter and storage technology which could be used to deploy at scale Distributed Energy Resources for residential and commercial applications and which can be easily adopted by the consumers. We will also look at how this technology would disrupt or integrate with the current grid structure of the energy industry.
Making DER Financing Attractive to Investors
This session will focus on how to attract DER Financing from the financial market and global companies. For the most part, renewable energy financing tends to support large utility-scale projects. However, DER projects tend to be small and scattered. What would attract investors and financiers to support DER projects? Is there a need to consolidate DER installations so that they could attain a certain scale which would be attractive to investors?
Enabling Policies to Promote DER in the Philippines: Developers’ Perspective
This session will look at the issue of policy from the perspective of renewable energy developers and the customers of renewable energy including the small rooftop installations. What constraints are they facing? What policies should be in place so that DER could be implemented quickly and at scale in the country? What kind of support should be extended to the developers and the customers?
Transforming Distribution Utilities Under a DER System
Very often, local distribution utilities would look at DER as a threat to their business. This session will look at the case of Romblon Electric Cooperative which has installed a 200 kWp solar PV system in four barangays which serves as their test-bed for the bigger distributed solar power plant. The speaker will share the experience of ROMELCO and lessons learned on what things are needed for them and other electric cooperatives to fully benefit from DER.