BACOLOD CITY — Negros Occidental now hosts seven solar power facilites, making it the Philippines’ solar power capital.
The province has a total solar generation capacity of 341.5 megawatts, based on the data provided on Tuesday by the Negros Occidental Investment Promotions Center-Public Information Section.
The latest project is the Php4.9-billion solar power facility of San Carlos Sun Power Inc. (SaCaSun), a subsidiary of Aboitiz Power Corp., situated in a 75-hectare property inside the San Carlos Ecozone.
Others are Helios Solar Energy’s 132.5-MW farm in Cadiz City, the biggest in Southeast Asia; Citicor Power’s 25-MW plant in Silay City; Negros Island Solar Power’s 48-MW and 32-MW farms in Manapla town and La Carlota City, respectively; and San Carlos Solar Energy’s 45-MW facility also in San Carlos City.
Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. said the province still has other renewable energy sources aside from solar.
He said he has discussed with President Benigno Aquino III the plan to transform the province into a green economy.
“After a due diligence, we realized that on top of our vast lands, the province is blessed with seven major river systems which have an estimated capacity of 200 megawatts,” he said.
These major rivers include Himogaan, Sicaba, Malugo, Bago, Binalbagan and Ilog-Hilabangan situated across Negros Occidental.
“These water systems are ready to be tapped for renewable energy generation,” Marañon added. PNA/northboundasia.com