• Conergy strengthening PH foothold

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    GERMAN-based Conergy is strengthening its foothold as the market leader of solar engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) in the Philippines.

    Alexander Lenz, president of Conergy Asia & Middle East, said the company is targeting to have a total installed solar capacity of 274 megawatts (MW) before March next year.

    Lenz said the Philippines would rank second in Conergy’s portfolio of solar power, next to the United Kingdom, if the company’s ongoing projects would be completed by next year.

    “If all our projects will be completed by next year, the Philippines will be ranked second in our portfolio next to United Kingdom,” Lenz told reporters in a briefing.

    To date, the United Kingdom has a total solar capacity of 286MW.

    Conergy previously closed six solar projects in the Philippines: 50 MW in Tarlac; 13 MW in Pampanga; 18 MW in Bais, Negros; 15 MW in Bulacan; and 43 MW in two locations in Luzon and the Visayas.

    Conergy also has clinched the Negros Island Solar Power Inc. (islaSol) contracts, raising the company’s installed solar base by 201 MW.

    Conergy is building two new solar power plants for islaSol, with a combined capacity of 62 MW.

    The first of the two new sites, La Carlota II, is located in Barangay Cubay, La Carlota and will have an installed capacity of 14 MW.

    This is an extension of an 18-MW solar power plant Conergy is currently building, which brings the combined capacity in La Carlota to 32 MW.

    Annually, the new site is expected to produce 20,631 MW of clean electricity and save 12,646 tons of carbon emissions.

    This 204,553 square-meter solar power plant will generate enough energy to power 8,600 homes, the company said.

    The second site, Manapla, will have an installed capacity of 48 MW.

    islaSol is a joint venture between the Philippine Investment Alliance for Infrastructure (PINAI), a fund managed by Macquarie Infrastructure Management (Asia) Pty Ltd., and Bronzeoak Philippines, a leader in the development and implementation of renewable energy projects.

    Lenz said the total 274 MW of solar capacity is sufficient to supply power to over 171,300 homes in the country.

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