Citicore launches solar-power plant in Negros Occidental

by Lenie Lectura – February 24, 2016

from Business Mirror

CITICORE Power inaugurated the other day its 25-megawatt (MW) solar-power facility in Silay City, Negros Occidental, its first venture into solar power.

The solar-power farm spans 43 hectares and includes over 96,000 photovoltaic modules. The facility is expected to power 30,000 homes connected to the Visayas grid.

The plant is expected to help avoid 18,000 metric tons of carbon emissions per year, equivalent to planting 800,000 trees over the life span of the facility.

“This is a very significant milestone for us as we complete the first batch of Citicore’s projects, beginning with the Silay plant,” said Manolo Candelaria, Citicore Power EVP.

He added that Negros Occidental is the optimal location for solar-power production.

Department of Energy (DOE) figures showed that more than 1,000 MW of solar power will soon come from Negros Occidental once all targeted projects in the area are commissioned.

Silay City officials welcomed the new plant, saying the Citicore-led project created almost 500 new jobs in the area. “This facility helps ensure, not only the continued supply of electricity for Negros Island, but it also boosts Silay City’s position as an ideal location for job-generating green investments,” Silay City Mayor Jose L. Montelibano said.

Representatives of the local government, DOE, and the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines attended the inauguration ceremony.

Former Negros Occidental Gov. Lito Coscolluela, an investment advisor to present Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon Jr., lauded the project explaining it supports the energy, environment and tourism thrusts of the provincial government. “This power station firmly puts Silay City and Negros Occidental on the map. It is a big adventure toward a more sustainable future.”

The company has tapped Megawide Construction Corp., the EPC (engineering, procurement, construction) contractor for the said project. The power firm, meanwhile, is set to inaugurate its second solar project next week. “We are also inaugurating a 20-MW solar farm in Bataan by the end of February.”

Citicore Power renewed its commitment to mitigating the effects of global warming in the Philippines, which has been hit with abnormally strong typhoons such as Supertyphoon Yolanda.

“I believe the international community has already achieved momentum in the call for renewable energy [RE], especially after the recent Paris climate conference,” Candelaria said.

“The DOE is leading a bold transition from fossil fuels to clean energy and we are proud to partner with them in this effort and in future collaborations. It is time for us to do our part in reducing carbon emissions and for RE to take center stage in the Philippines,” the company official said.

Citicore Power, a subsidiary of Citicore Investment Holdings Inc., is a RE company committed to reducing greenhouse-gas emissions through solar, wind, hydro and biomass projects across the Philippines.