by Lenie Lectura – February 29, 2016
from Business Mirror
CITICORE Power inaugurated on Monday its second solar-power project in Mariveles, Bataan.
The 18-megawatt (MW) solar farm will operate and inject power to the Luzon grid before the Feed-in-Tariff (FiT) deadline on March 15.
“We are optimistic that both our Bataan and Silay solar-power plants will be awarded the FiT renewable-energy incentive by the government. We have been coordinating nonstop with officials from the Department of Energy, Energy Regulatory Commission, National Grid Corp. of the Philippines and the Philippine Electricity Market Corp.,” Citicore Power Executive Vice President Manolo Candelaria said.
The unveiling of Citicore Power’s Bataan solar-power station comes barely a week after the inauguration of its 25-MW solar facility in Silay, Negros Occidental.
Located in the Authority of the Freeport Area of Bataan (Afab) in Barangay Alasasin, Mariveles, the power plant spans 37 hectares and was done under project company Next Generation Power Technology Corp. (NGPTC).
The facility is made up of over 68,500 photovoltaic (PV) modules. It is expected to power 22,000 homes connected to the Luzon grid. Construction started in October 2015 by Megawide Construction Corp.
The plant is expected to help avoid 13,000 metric tons of carbon emissions per year, equivalent to planting 600,000 trees over the life of the facility. Project funding was secured through the Land Bank of the Philippines, with Primeiro Partners as financial consultants.
“The almost-simultaneous completion of these two power plants shows that Citicore Power is aggressive and serious in completing its renewable-energy portfolio. We are committed to providing energy to the Filipino people with little or no impact to the environment,” Candelaria said. “Our vision is to become one of Southeast Asia’s leading renewable-energy companies by 2020.”
Bataan provincial officials and Afab executives welcomed the new plant, saying the Citicore-led project created almost 300 jobs for residents in the area. “We are very proud to have this facility in our province as it is a testament to what Bataan can offer investors. We hope that this is the beginning of an influx of the same green investments. The province is proud to partner with companies like Citicore Power,” Bataan Gov. Albert Garcia said.
The inauguration of the Bataan solar-power plant, the first in the province, was attended by executives of the local government, led by Garcia, and Mariveles Mayor Jesse Concepcion, officials of the Afab, Department of Energy representatives, and officers of the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines.