June 24, 2016
from Business Mirror
THE Department of Energy (DOE) has approved applications for the conduct of a grid impact study (GIS) involving six power projects as of May this year.
Latest data from the agency’s web site showed that these projects in the pipeline could generate an estimated 258.9 megawatts (MW) of power.
A clearance for the conduct of a grid impact study is necessary for a power firm before it can proceed with the construction of their power projects.
Based on the DOE list of companies issued with clearance for GIS as of May 2016, five firms got the green light to put up three solar-power projects, one biomass, one energy-storage facility and one diesel plant.
The biggest solar-power project on the list is the 90-MW Mabinay solar undertaking from Lohas and Soul Lighting Inc. in Negros Oriental. This is followed by a 60-MW Jasaan solar project also of Lohas and Soul Lighting Inc. in Misamis Oriental.
Lohas and Soul Lighting, Inc.’s GIS clearance was issued on May 11.
Satrap Power Corp., meanwhile, plans to put up a 20-MW project in Ilocos Sur. The DOE issued a GIS for this project on May 4.
Victoria’s Milling Co. Inc.’s 63-MW biomass cogeneration plant in Negros Occidental has been issued a GIS
clearance on May 20.
The DOE also gave its go-ahead for the conduct of a GIS for Nickel Asia Corp.’s 10.9-MW diesel plant in Surigao del Norte on May 30. Likewise, EQ Energy Storage Inc.’s 15-MW Cadiz energy-storage project in Negros Occidental was issued a GIS clearance on May 24.
In 2015 over 13,000 MW of power capacity from various power projects were approved by the DOE for the conduct of the said study.