Schneider Electric (SE), the global specialist in energy management, announced that one of its key products, the Xantrex XW hybrid inverter, is utilized by the city of Mandaluyong for its Boni Tunnel Solar Lighting System project. The Xantrex inverter will provide both back-up and full-time power to the 280-meter Boni-Mandaluyong City Tunnel, the country’s first solar-powered tunnel. The tunnel’s lighting system can help save the Mandaluyong City government around P240,000 on their annual electricity expenses.
According to Engr. Silver Navarro, a Solar Energy Generation Specialist and a consultant to the Asian Development Bank for the project, “We selected Schneider Electric’s Xantrex XW inverter because it has the features needed for the application that is not available in any other inverters of its class.”
To further affirm their dedication to the country’s renewable energy efforts, SE also provided the Xantrex System Control Panel for this project. This control panel will enable the project team to monitor and configure the entire power system, giving them a single point of control and reducing the complexity of having separate control panels for each component. It also allows for customization and configuration of the system to adapt to the lithium battery settings and grid support features.
Engr. Navarro emphasized that good quality equipment and dependable local support are key to the reliable implementation of this project, which is what Schneider Electric offers. The Boni Tunnel Solar LED Lighting project implementation is led by Department of Energy (DOE) in cooperation with the Philippine National Oil Company – Renewables Corporation (PNOC-RC), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), the Asian Development Bank, the Mandaluyong City Government, and other private corporations. This project is expected to serve as a spring board for other energy efficient lighting and solar power projects that could deliver considerable savings while leaving a positive impact on the environment.
Schneider Electric Philippines Country President Philippe Reveilhac shares, “Schneider Electric has always been committed to bringing intelligent solutions that will help people make efficient use of solar energy. Our participation in this project underscores this commitment and reinforces our position that the utilization of renewable energy is the best way to light our communities.”