The only way out is to have a new path that is green growth. To use renewable growth to deliver energy – solar energy and wind power – instead of the coal-based energy supply. And that is the only solution.
The inauguration of this solar plant is a particular achievement. SaCaSol will help meet nationwide energy challenges in the Philippines by helping to reduce dependance on outside sources of fuel, narrow the shortfall in energy supply and contribute towards the shift to renewable energy and diversification of the countries energy mix.
In Germany already hundreds of thousands of solar panels cover our roof-tops. But (...) when I see the very hot climate here in the Philippines (...), I am attempted to say: solar energy is coming home.
This project demonstrates that indeed renewable energy projects are indispensable to national development. We know, the benefits adress the countries growing energy demand.
In this country we have sun when electricity is most expensive in summer – and this is an advantage for solar. And we have one big advantage here in the Philippines: we are near the equator and have a fixed position of our solar panels – unlike Europe.
The benefit of renewable energies is remarkable. It promotes sustainable growth, energy independence and economic security for the country. ThomasLloyd makes an important social contribution with its infrastructure projects.
Our President, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, described the completion of San Carlos Bioenergy as a dream come true. This is so because the country will consequently be less dependent on imported energy sources.
The most important factor for success in Asia is to collaborate with the right local partner in the region. (…) Bronzeoak Philippines was the best choice for ThomasLloyd.
The Philippines are among one of the most promising markets for renewable energies in South East Asia. By 2017, 90% of all households are to be connected to the power supply. (…) ThomasLloyd recognised this development early on and has already conceptualised and realised groundbreaking projects.
The Philippines consistently bank on bioenergy. (…) Bronzeoak Philippines, project developer within the ThomasLloyd Group in South East Asia, takes on a pioneer role in this field.
The Philippine Energy Plan (PEP) projects a doubling of the installed capacities by more than 5 GW to more than 10 GW from renewable energies by the year 2030. (...) In order to achieve this goal, private economic investments are indispensable.
It should actually be self-evident: we have a climate problem in this world, which must be solved. (...) private economic activities offering alternative energies profitably are the right thing.
The island of Negros and our province offer everything that a renewable energy infrastructure needs: lots of sun and wind, an abundance of biomass and friendly people who welcome investors and contribute to the success of large projects. ThomasLloyd is in the right place.
Today, we already produce 40% of our energy from renewable sources. During the next decade, we want to double this. With the help of ThomasLloyd and its investors.
The commitment of ThomasLloyd to Southeast Asia is not only a profitable investment for German investors. It is also publicity for our country, for German entrepreneurship, German engineering expertise, our reputation as global market leader in 'clean and green thinking' and thus for the 'Made in Germany' seal of quality.
When I created my initiative for a renewable energy law in our country, I knew that we could only reach our ideal target of converting our energy supply to 100% renewable energies if we had the help of private investors. I am therefore particularly pleased that with ThomasLloyd, we have gained a strong partner who makes a significant contribution to achieving our energy transition.
As a representative of the Philippines in Germany who advises German companies on investing in my country, I can only congratulation ThomasLloyd (...) as a prime example of how foreign investments in the Philippines work.
The projects undertaken by ThomasLloyd in our country provide much more than new perspectives in energy policies: through the protection of our natural resources and the creation of additional income, they directly improve the lives of our rural population.
We have seen the Philippines as an ideal investment destination for European investors for many years. After all, people here are extremely well educated, quick to learn and hard-working. (...) we see the active support given by the government to foreign investors every day.
Strengthening the economy, securing sustainable growth, creating new prosperity - each of these three key demands of our government policies is based on a premise: an environmentally, resource and human-friendly energy supply. This is why we are firmly committed to supporting renewable energies.
The environment does not belong to you or to me. This is what the creator God gave us all. To work, to learn, to love and to respect, to make good business, but to leave a legacy. To leave this planet and this air for not just generations - for the whole mankind.
We are here today to celebrate the real action heroes, that are fighting for clean energy. Those are the real action heroes. Your company helps empower those heroes.
And the opportunity for alternative approaches to completely traditional, grid-connected electricity presents itself very powerfully.
The ThomasLloyd Investments in the Philippines, along with what Bronzeoak and those that have done work in Tarlac, Negros and several other regions in our country,are on the right track.
The Philippines will be a key growth driver in Asia and in the broader Asian region in the coming years.
If I were running a country in South-East Asia today, I would want to get as much locally generated clean-technology electricity as I possibly could.
Today, we are not just inaugurating a power plant; we are also making history: (…) With your help we are proving the world: even developing countries such as ours can do their share in reducing the risks posed by global warming.
A new Philippines is emerging, and we invite you all to join us on this journey.
Your actions as you move strongly investing in this area are changing the politics, they´re changing the understanding. And that means that you are at the vanguard of this whole political story as well as the economic and business story.
There is no alternative to the fundamental reorientation in the energy supply in economic and ecological perspectives. (...) ThomasLloyd has positioned itself in one of the largest future markets.