Bigger solar plant to be operational this year

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Following the inauguration of the first large-scale commercially financed and commissioned solar power plant in the central Philippines, a bigger solar power plant with a capacity of 40 megawatts is also set to be operational in Cavite province within this year.

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Mario Marasigan, Director of the Department of Energy’s Renewable Energy Bureau, said in a text message to the Manila Times on Wednesday that a 40-megawatt solar power plant was already fully constructed by the local subsidiary of Majestics Energy Corp.

“Majestics registered its project under a local subsidiary with a Japanese investor, Mother Co. So far, it will be the largest physically installed solar project but there are bigger proposed projects,” Marasigan said.

The project, which is situated between Rosario and General Trias, Cavite, is called Cavite Economic Zone Solar Power Project.

“The 40-MW solar energy project of Majestic Power is fully installed but not yet connected to the grid. It will be operational within this year upon interconnection to the grid,” Marasigan said.

Marasigan explained that although the plant is already constructed, the project is still having unspecified “technical clarifications” that need to be addressed before it can fully operate.

Once the plant starts operation, it will be considered as the biggest solar power plant in the country, larger than the recently launched San Carlos Solar Energy, Inc. (SaCaSol), the first large-scale solar power plant in the Philippines. SaCaSol officially started its operations during the second week of May.

The 22-MW solar power project located in San Carlos, Negros Occidental was developed by Bronzeoak Philippines and Swiss-German firm ThomasLloyd.

SaCaSol will most likely be the first solar facility to energize and begin collecting its Feed-In-Tariff (FIT); the FIT eligibility application of Majestics is currently pending at the DOE.

FIT is a framework designed to grow investment in renewable energy, with the DOE offering long-term contracts and guaranteed pricing to renewable energy firms.

In a document filed by the DOE, four other solar power projects under the FIT system are still under evaluation. These are the 50-MW Pasuquin East Solar Power Project in Ilocos Norte, the 8-MW Pampanga Solar Power Project, the 10-MW Clark Freeport Zone Solar Power Project, and the 10-MW Cavite Solar Power Project.

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