Trans-Asia gets nod for grid connection

by Myrna Velasco, 19 May 2015
from Manila Bulletin

The renewable energy arm of Trans-Asia Oil and Energy Development has cornered its considerably distinctive final certificate of compliance (CoC) from the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), warranting then that the generated electricity from its 54-megawatt San Lorenzo wind plant in Guimaras is fully injected into the power gird.

In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange, it noted that “TAREC is the first wind farm to obtain such certification from NGCP (National Grid Corporation of the Philippines).”

The wheeling of capacity of wind plants had become an issue in the RE sector, given that the feed-in-tariff eligible installations in Northern Luzon have had constraints in the transmission of their output to the grid.

It has bee noted that the final certificate of approval for Trans-Asia Renewable Energy Corporation’s wind plant to connect – as issued by system operator NGCP – is a critical requirement to ensure that any generated electricity from these facilities could flow to the paying consumers.

Trans-Asia, in particular, has explained that such connection requirement “need to undergo various field testing to ensure compliance with the prescribed technical specifications and performance standards for grid connection.”

For its 54-MW plant, the company further indicated that “upon a series of tests and evaluation, TAREC’s wind farm, including its 69-kilovolt transmission line from Zaldivar to Suclaran – which spans 20 kilometers – is now fully energized.”

The facility’s output was seen as a crucial addition to Visayas grid primarily when wind was fully blowing from November last year to the first quarter of 2015.

The ERC approval of its grid connection was released May 4, The company further vouched that such regulatory imprimatur was a proof that “the wind farm passed all the technical requirements stated in the Philippine Grid Code to be able to deliver quality, stable and reliable power to the grid.”

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