Eternal Flame Monument Lit by Solar PV Array

Eternal flame monuments aren’t always actual flames. So a solar photovoltaic (PV) array is providing the power to keep the steel Eternal Flame sculpture on Corregidor Island lit as if it were.

California-based SunPower, which owns a manufacturing facility in the Philippenes, provided the solar modules for the project. When the sculpture was put in place to commemorate the recapture of the Philippine island by the United States in 1945 the builders included a way to keep the steel flame illuminated. Power costs on the island kept that amenity from ever being used, however. For the 60th anniversary ceremony of the recapture, PV panel manufacturer Sunpower helped to donate and install three 200 W panels and helped to install the system that will light the memorial from dusk to dawn. Other project sponsors and supporters include: U-Freight Philippines, the Department of Energy, the Corregidor Foundation and the Filipino-American Memorial Endowment. The Eternal Flame Monument symbolizes the Flame of Freedom burning eternally. It is located behind the Pacific War Memorial Dome of Peace, and sits on a raised platform above a reflecting pool. Designed by Aristides Dimetrios, the sculpture commemorates the sacrifices and struggle by the US and Philippines to preserve freedom for future generations. “The events commemorating the 60th anniversary of Corregidor’s liberation provide a unique opportunity to showcase the power of solar technology and our attention to quality in one of the most important tourist destinations in the Philippines,” said Lt. Col. Artemio Matibag of the Corregidor Foundation. “The silent, reliable quality of solar power maintains the solemnity of the site while preserving the environmental integrity of the entire island.” Greg Reichow, who is the plant manager for SunPower’s Philippines facility said that the array at the memorial site is just the beginning of the company’s presence in the country. SunPower is based in California, and is a majority-owned subsidiary of Cypress Semiconductor. The company operates a 25 MW production line in Manila, and is planning to ramp production to more than 100 MW.
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