LAOAG CITY — Ilocos Norte as home of renewable energy continues to attract independent power producers with the latest entry of a Korean firm ready to set up a solar power project in Dingras town, situated in the second district of the province.

Sprawling on a one-hectare lot located at the back of the main sub-station of the Ilocos Norte Electric Cooperative, the INEC management decided to lease its property through a public-private partnership.

Enrico Pacifico Ruiz, INEC director of Zone X in Dingras town said the Korean firm is set to develop and operate an initial one- megawatt solar park and after a period of five years, its equipment and operation will be turned over to INEC.

To date, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources has already granted a tree cutting permit to the proponents as the solar project is expected to commence this year.

Meanwhile, the 20-MW Currimao solar farm on a 60-hectare plot in Paguludan village has already started its construction through a co-development plan agreement with the provincial government of Ilocos Norte.

The Currimao solar farm is one of two projects the Department of Energy has approved for Ilocos Norte. Another project is a 50-MW solar power project of Energy Logics Philippines, Inc. in the towns of Pasuquin and Burgos.

Under the National Renewable Energy Program, the DOE is focusing on renewable energies as an answer to climate change. PNA/