ENFINITY Philippines Renewable Sources Inc. is considering the development of a second phase for its P3.6-billion solar energy project in Concepcion, Tarlac.
The first phase of the Concepcion Solar Power Project, which has a rated capacity of 50.55 megawatts (MW) covering an area of 54.6 hectares, broke ground Monday last week.
Dennis Ibarra, Enfinity Philippines president, said the second phase is likely to be developed next year with a target capacity of 100 MW.
The solar power plant will be directly connected to the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) for bilateral agreements with distribution utilities (DUs).
“For the next phase, as we’re building here and in the other sites, we’re now going to commit the leases for the next phase. That’s why we need our local champions and supporters to help those leases,” said Ibarra.
He said the goal is to finalize those leases sometime in October or November and to finish the next phase within next year or for commissioning in March 2017.
Enfinity Philippines has already secured seven sites for the solar power facility, four of which are being constructed.
Ibarra said they will no longer be dependent on the Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) scheme in the development of the second phase of the Concepcion solar power project.
“We’re not going to depend on FIT in the future. We want to provide more power, and if we’re competitive, that’s great,” he added.
According to Enfinity Philippines, the Concepcion facility will be the largest and most advanced state-of-the-art solar farm in Luzon upon completion.
Other solar projects of Enfinity that are under way include a 23-MW facility at the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) in Pampanga; a 28-MW phase one facility in Digos, Davao del Sur; and a 3-MW phase one facility in Cavite.
Enfinity Philippines is the local unit of Belgium-based global solar developer Enfinity NV.