June 23, 2018, 10:35 am
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P86B solar power projects get perks

Solar Philippines Commercial Rooftop Projects Inc. is investing P86 billion for eight solar power projects in the country.

The Board of Investments (BOI) recently approved the registration of these projects under the Special Laws List of the current Investment Priorities Plan through Republic Act No. 9513, otherwise known as the Renewable Energy Act of 2008.

Solar Philippines is building an P18.99-billion solar photovoltaic solar facility known as the Iba-Palauig 2 Solar Project in Paluig, Zambales. 

Once operational, it will have a capacity of 140.64 megawatt peak (MWp for direct current capacity) or 140 MWac (for the alternating current capacity). 

Commercial operation is scheduled for February 2020.
Solar Philippines is also constructing a P13.56-billion solar farm known as the Concepcion Tarlac 2 Solar Project with a capacity of 293.76MWp (200MWac).  

A P13.56-billion solar facility with the same power capacity will rise in Balayan and Calaca towns of Batangas known as the Balayan Solar Power Project. 

Commercial operations for the Tarlac 2 and Balayan projects are scheduled to start on January 2019 and February 2020, respectively.

 In Cavite, Solar Philippines is putting up two solar facilities, the P8.64 billion Maragondon-Naic 1 Solar farm in a 168 hectare areas within the municipalities of Naic, Maragondon and Indang and the P8.64-billion Marangondon-Naic Tanza 2 Solar project within the 168 hectare area of Naic and Tanza. 

Each will have a capacity of 196MWp (140MWac).  Both are slated to be operational by October 2018.   

 Other regions also stand to have solar facilities. The P8.6 billion Sta. Rosa Nueva Ecija 2 Solar project in 168 hectares of land within the towns of Sta. Rosa, Peñaranda and San Leonardo in the province of Nueva Ecija.  

This project will have a capacity of 193.536 MWp (or 140 MWac) and will start January 2020. 

Tarlac will have two solar facilities. 

Solar Philippines is putting up a P7.08 billion solar facility in the Sta. Rosa and Concepcion towns of Tarlac.  

It is also constructing a P6.9-billion solar farm in the city of Tarlac and municipality of La Paz.  

The Sta. Rosa-Concepcion project is slated to be operational by January 2019 while the Tarlac-Lapaz farm will be off and running by January 2020.
 
Power generated by these projects will be sold through the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market at competitive prices.  

Solar Philippines will employ 243 personnel to man all these facilities once operational.
 
Solar Philippines‘ first Philippine-owned solar factory in Batangas started operations in March last year. 

The factory is expected to ramp up to 800 MW in its initial year with the goal of expanding up to 2,000 MW annually or up to 2.5 million panels in the coming years.
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