EDC gets ERC approval to connect solar plant to Ilocos Norte consumers

by Lenie LecturaAugust 11, 2016

from Business Mirror

The Energy Development Corp. (EDC) of the Lopez group has secured approval from the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to develop, own and operate a dedicated point-to-point limited facility that will connect its solar plant to Ilocos Norte Electric Cooperative Inc. (Inec).

In a 14-page decision, the regulators said EDC’s application is “in accordance with the provisions of Section 9 paragraph 3 of Epira [Electric Power Industry Reform Act] and other issuances of the commission, and will redound to the benefit of the power consumers in terms of continuous, quality, reliable and efficient power supply.”

EDC is developing the 4.1-megawatt Burgos Solar Project in Ilocos Norte. The project will also involve the construction of transmission facilities, which shall connect the said solar plant to Inec.

The proposed interconnection of the plant of the said line facilities consists of 13.2-kilovolt distribution line approximately 1.6 kilometers in length, composed of distribution cables, concrete poles and other related facilities. The project, which costs P18.6 million, consists of two phases. Phase 1 involves the construction of a 13.2-kV line connecting the first set of solar generators to Inec, while Phase 2 involves the interconnection of the solar-generator expansion and Phase 1.

EDC said it has the technical capability to develop, construct, operate and maintain the said transmission-line project.

The P18.6-million project will be funded through cash, it said.

EDC is the largest producer of geothermal energy in the country and the third largest in the world.