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Quezon City - Using solar power to promote clean energy

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Quezon City

City Leader Mayor Joy Belmonte

Quezon City joins the C40 Cities Finance Facility in the second phase as one of 14 new projects to receive funding to support the cities to realise their low carbon and climate resilient projects.  As cities around the world take advantage of the ever more accessible and affordable renewable energy options coming onto the market, Quezon City can act as an example to cities across South East Asia of how to deliver clean, reliable, affordable energy to the city while making the city more resilient to the effects of natural disasters amplified by the effects of climate change. 

Quezon City joins the C40 Cities Finance Facility in the second phase as one of 14 new projects to receive funding to support the cities to realise their low carbon and climate resilient projects.  As cities around the world take advantage of the ever more accessible and affordable renewable energy options coming onto the market, Quezon City can act as an example to cities across South East Asia of how to deliver clean, reliable, affordable energy to the city while making the city more resilient to the effects of natural disasters amplified by the effects of climate change. 

  • Project Scale Installation of up to 5MWp of solar on 50 schools across the city
  • Population of Quezon City 2.9 Million
  • Project Objective Plan and install and finance grid-tied solar PV rooftop systems on 50 public schools in Quezon City

The C40 Cities Finance Facility will help solarise schools to provide clean and reliable power supply for Quezon City. The project will build resilience to managing climate change related extreme weather events while increasing clean, renewable energy generation in the city.


The city, supported by the C40 Cities Finance Facility (CFF), will develop the business case for solar rooftops on 50 public schools in the city. The city will then be able to roll-out solar rooftops to all public schools, public buildings, and social housing projects.


The project will help the city lower energy costs of the schools by reducing the consumption of expensive electricity from the grid. The money saved can be allocated for the purchase of educational materials, improvement of facilities, or skills upgrading for the teachers. Clean solar energy will also help improve air quality and reduce air pollution in the city. The project will provide a replicable model not just for solarisation of rooftops in Quezon City but also the Manila Metropolitan Region, giving a nationwide boost to solar power development in the country. The city already conducted pilot solar PV rooftop projects on the Commonwealth High School and Balara Elementary School.

CO2 Emissions reductions (TONS EQUIVALENT PER ANNUM)

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The CFF’s support for the solarization of public schools in Quezon City defines an entry point for bold and transformational climate action that brings about concrete environmental, economic and social benefits to our communities, especially the youth. This partnership affirms our global commitment and inspires us to amplify our efforts towards an inclusive, low carbon and resilient urban development pathway
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Herbert Bautista Former Mayor of Quezon City
As one of the recipients of the technical assistance from the C40 Cities Finance Facility (CFF) Program, Quezon City will be able to accelerate a concrete climate action through renewable energy options such as the solar energy project in line with its goal towards low carbon development. The project will definitely contribute to the reduction of the City’s Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emission and electricity consumption while at the same time raising the environmental awareness of the City. With the support of the CFF team, the City will be able to address concerns and issues in terms of the institutional, legal, technical and financial scopes of the project as indicated in the workplan. So far, the engagements of all concerned parties have enabled us to understand the needed information while at the same time, capacitating city staff in project development.
Andrea Villaroman Department Head of Environmental Protection and Waste Management Department (EPWMD), Quezon City Government

The Quezon City Solar Technical Working Group (TWG) is leading the project’s planning and implementation, while the CFF is currently providing the following support:

  • Dedicated technical advisor based within the city administration;
  • Financing the technical feasibility studies needed to make the project bankable;
  • Train city staff to plan and design solar PV rooftop systems for public buildings;
  • Legal and institutional study to develop tender documents, financing strategies and contract models for public private partnership (PPP) investments;
Solar PV
Photo shows the 45 kWp grid-tied solar PV installation in Balara Elementary School which was commissioned in May 2019. The solar installation is estimated to produce 58 MWh of electricity per year, equivalent to annual electricity cost savings of Php 643,500 (€11,321).
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Electricity Emissions
Based on C40 CAP’s draft GHG Scenario Analysis 2016 – 2050 for Quezon City, the emission from electricity of commercial and government establishments in the base year accounts for 17.9% of total emission.
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Emissions Reduced by 2050
Existing and planned actions would see total GHG emissions reduce by 50% by 2050, compared to the BAU scenario (which is estimated to more than triple).

The TWG used a selection criteria matrix in choosing the 50 schools that will be installed with solar PV systems. The schools were spread equally in the 6 political districts (8 per district) of QC, with the remaining slots were allotted to 2 special schools for differently abled kids. The conduct of the technical feasibility study for the selected schools is ongoing and tentatively targeted for completion by May 2020.