Solar-power plant starts operating at Clark

by Lenie Lectura – March 12, 2016

from Business Mirror

A 22-MEGAWATT solar-power facility at Clark Field in Pampanga was switched on last week.

The Clark Solar Power Project, located inside the Clark Freeport Zone, was completed on March 7, and full operations started on March 10.

The project is a joint venture of Mabalacat Solar Philippines Inc. and two Singapore-based renewable-energy developers—Sindicatum Renewable Energy Co. and Armstrong Asset Management.

Built on 25 hectares of land leased from the Clark Development Corp. (CDC), Clark Solar is the first renewable-energy project within the confines of the free-port zone.

CDC has welcomed the establishment of the solar project, citing the adequate and low-cost power supply to current and future locators within the free port.

In addition, the project will reduce the carbon footprint of the free-port zone; meet the environmental objectives of CDC—and the Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA); and help existing and new locators meet their own environmental objectives.

The solar project also supports the development of the Clark Green City, which will be a major new integrated city involving commercial, industrial and residential development.

It is estimated that the output from the Clark solar project will generate 25,000 jobs in terms of power capacity.

The project has been interconnected through Clark Electric Development Corp. (CEDC), and as such will supply most of its power to the local area served by CEDC, including the locators in the free port.

Mabalacat Solar is a 100-percent Filipino-owned company that invests in solar projects in the Philippines.

It is chaired by Jose P. Leviste Jr., who has a long record of involvement in the energy industry in the country. He is currently chairman of Constellation Energy Co. and the former chairman and CEO of Mirant Philippines.