SUNASIA Energy has invested $120 million to develop a 60-megawatt (MW) solar power plant in Toledo City, Cebu, the biggest solar power facility in the Philippines.
Engineering partners from Germany are now working to harmonize the photovoltaic plant operations with agribusiness, the company said. The project will be completed in February 2016.
The power plant is designed to generate up to 861,199 megawatts per hour (Mwh) annually, according to the Power Systems Research and Consultancy Group.
The facility will encompass 200,000 solar panels and occupy approximately 70 hectares of land.
SunAsia said the project is aligned with nature to preserve the existing landscape of the area.
Former Agriculture Undersecretary Tetchi Capellan, SunAsia president, said the project will occupy a portion of Baltao Farms.
“Baltao Farms is presently home to a number of cattle, carabao, goats, and chicken. As planned and designed, the present land use will be preserved for livestock production and only a fraction of the area in the farms will contain panels and infrastructure,” she said.
The solar modules will be arranged in 5000 arrays spread in the 70-hectare property.
“Grass will be grown under and in between the solar arrays, thereby preserving the feedstock production for consumption by the animals,” Capellan noted.
With the modules raised by at least 70mm from the ground, small animals would be able to graze within the area.
About 1.72million metric tons of carbon emission will be foregone in the next 20 years, Capellan said.
“This reduction in carbon emissions… will help mitigate climate change. There are several fossil fuel-based power plants in the province of Cebu and the presence of Toledo Solar Project will reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the area,” she said.