San Carlos Solar inaugurates 59-MW solar farm Tuesday

San Carlos Solar inaugurates 59-MW solar farm Tuesday

MANILA, Philippines — San Carlos Solar Power Inc. inaugurated its 59-megawatt solar farm in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental Tuesday.

The project started exporting power to the Visayas grid last March 9, before the solar feed-in-tariff deadline on March 15. The FIT will grant solar developers a subsidy of Php 8.69 per kilowatthour.

Aboitiz Power chief executive officer Erramon Aboitiz said the project proved its commitment to support renewables.

“AboitizPower is one of the country’s largest producers of renewable energy and our Cleanergy portfolio generates 1,263 MW, or close to 40% of our total net sellable capacity. This represents our commitment to support the government’s push for a balance of renewable and non-renewable power sources to address the country’s increasing energy demand,” he said in a statement Tuesday.

The solar farm, which is located in a 75-hectare lot, will deliver a total of 82 gigawatthours per year to the grid. It cost Php 3.5 billion.

The project tapped 4,000 workers for its construction, which is composed of 80 percent local employees.

SACASUN tapped the Nari Group as its engineering, procurement and construction contract.

SACASUN is a joint-venture between SunEdison Philippines Helios BV and Aboitiz Renewables Inc., which targets to build 300 MW of solar projects. Juzel Danganan/PNA/northboundasia.com and Malacanang Photo