Enfinity Philippines Renewable Resources Inc. (EPRR), a subsidiary of Belgian solar energy developer Enfinity N.V., is set to begin construction of its 28.6 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic power plant in Davao now that it has selected an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for the project.
EPRR has appointed Indian company Sterling and Wilson to build the Davao solar power facility.
The solar plant’s output will be relayed through a 69 kilovolt (kV) substation and overhead transmission line of eight kilometers to the nearest substation of the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP).
The project is to be constructed under the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Philippine Solar Power Procurement Program.
Enfinity Philippines earlier said it will be building four solar power projects in the country worth a combined P8 billion and which are expected to generate a total of 100 MW when completed.
Gino Van Neer, founder and chief executive officer of Enfinity, said the first four solar projects are located in Clark in Angeles, Pampanga (20 MW); Concepcion, Tarlac (40 MW); in Digos, Davao del Sur (40 MW); and Cavite (3 MW).
Neer said all of the company’s solar projects are expected to be completed by the end of this year or by March 2016 so that they can avail of the Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) mechanism, an incentive given by the government to renewable energy (RE) developers.
The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has approved a solar FIT rate of P8.69 per kilowatt for an additional capacity of 450 MW.
Neer said they expect solar electricity to eventually account for as much as 30 percent of the country’s generation capacity.