Mirae Energy inaugurates Ilocos solar plant


MIRAE Asia Energy Corp. (Mirae) inaugurated on Tuesday its 20-megawatt solar generation facility in Currimao, Ilocos Norte.

The project will make a significant contribution to meet the energy demand in the Philippines by using solar as a clean and cost competitive alternative energy source to coal, the company said.

The 20-MW plant is designed to produce 33,000 MWh of solar power per year, or equivalent to powering an estimated 29,328 households annually based on the average annual electricity consumption per electrified household by the World Energy Council.

The country can also save an estimated 31.2 million liters of water from the project, based on the water consumption impact for solar and coal electricity generation by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and 16,566 tonnes of GHG [greenhouse gas]emissions, or the equivalent of taking approximately 3,500 cars off the road per annum.

The project has driven economic growth in Ilocos Norte, creating substantial local employment opportunities, according to Mirae chairman Anthony J. Violago.

“The project is thankful to have the support of the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte, particularly Governor Imee Marcos, and the Municipality of Currimao. We are happy to be able to contribute clean and sustainable energy to this community and create additional employment opportunities for its constituents,” Violago said.

In addition, he said that Mirae has committed to a significant corporate social responsibility program in order to support local communities in the province and municipality to help improve health, infrastructure and education and make significant investments in new tree planting.

The project was developed through a partnership between San Lorenzo Ruiz Builders and Developers Group, Inc. (SLRB) and Soleq, one of Southeast Asia’s largest independent solar utility generation platforms.

SLRB pioneered the construction of the $680 million Casecnan hydropower project that allowed farmers in Nueva Ecija to plant throughout the year, even during an El Nino phenomenon. It also irrigates 137,000 new hectares of rice land and produces 150 MW of hydropower.

Meanwhile, Soleq has successfully constructed and commissioned 12 projects across Thailand and the Philippines and has a significant development portfolio. Soleq is an Equis-invested company.


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  1. significant contribution to the energy requirement is a hype and overstated. the 20 MW solar power plant delivering 33,000 MWh to the grid is less than 0.05% of the total energy required for the country. equate that to the hectares of agricultural land (of at least 30 hectares for the 20 MW) used to install the solar panels & accessories. the benefits of the added 0.05% energy to the grid pale in comparison the the food that can be produced on the 30 hectares. and the effect of the land conversion to flat land and the trees that were cut and disposed off that absorb CO2 emissions and hold the soil to prevent erosion & flooding just to give way to the installation of the solar power system.

    • Ikaw naman irog, at least, may contribution kaysa tatanga ka na lang at nganganga. Ikaw naman kaya, hijo, ano naman ang ginagawa mo para maka tulong na maka produce ng alternative energy supply? Indeed, the post was crab mentality sprinkled with pseudo technical linggo but bereft of any mathematical figures to show the more productive alternative. Why not apply with the company and show them your intellectual gifts which may help the country better?

    • The Philippine rice yield is 2.93 mt/ha/yr or 2930 kg per hectare yearly which can only feed 15 household per year assuming an average consumption of 4kg a week. The 30 hectare plot of land which was used in the project can only provide rice to 450 families yearly. Compare this to the economic benefits by supplying additional energy to 29,328 households. Not to mention the employment offered by the project during its construction and maintenance.