Largest solar farm in Luzon launched

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Solar Philippines started building on Tuesday a 50-megawatt solar farm in Calatagan, Batangas, which company officials described as the largest of its kind in Luzon.

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Solar Philippines President Leandro Leviste said the company would put up 150,000 solar panels to cover more than 75 hectares of land inside the farm.

“This is the first of many solar farms that we shall launch this year. We are in discussions with landowners across Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao,” Solar Philippines President Leandro Leviste said in a statement.

“Taking the same approach as for our rooftop projects, we’ve integrated development, financing, and construction all-in-one, allowing us to move faster in meeting the Department of Energy’s solar targets for 2015,” he said.

The Calatagan solar farm is expected to produce enough power to meet the needs of Batangas. It would offset over one million tons of carbon dioxide, equivalent to planting more than five million trees after three decades of operation.

The company planned to complete 200 megawatt solar projects this year. It has secured about a dozen renewable service contracts for solar projects near major cities across the country.

“This is the year to convert unproductive lands into solar farms. What we have done to the rooftops of malls and factories, we shall do for solar farms, and we welcome all willing partners to join us in finally turning this vision into a reality,” Leviste said.

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