Misamis’ solar plant starts operation


Kirahon Solar Energy Corp. (Kirahon Solar) announced the completion of its 12.5MWp solar farm in Villanueva, Misamis Oriental.

The Kirahon Solar Farm was developed in joint partnership with Solar Pacific Energy Corporation and Mindanao Energy Systems Inc (MINERGY) and operates under a bilateral 25-year Power Supply Agreement (PSA) between Kirahon Solar and Cagayan Electric Power & Light Company (CEPALCO).

Kirahon Solar is the first solar power project in the Philippines to obtain approval from the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) of its bilateral PSA contract. It is also the first solar power project in the Philippines to be financed with non-recourse local debt project financing.

“We are delighted and honored to bring clean renewable energy to the local communities of northern Mindanao, where energy shortages continue to be a major challenge,” Kirahon Solar chairman Vince Pérez said.

Pérez also noted that CEPALCO is the solar energy pioneer of the Philippines, having developed the first on-grid solar power plant in the country with a capacity of 1 MW.

At the time of its inauguration in September 2004, the CEPALCO 1MW solar project was considered the largest on-grid project in Southeast Asia.

The Kirahon Solar Farm can supply clean power for up to 23,500 local households each year.

As a renewable resource, the solar farm will offset some 18 million kwh per year of diesel power plant output and 14 million kilograms of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions per year or about 387 tons of CO2 emissions over the life of the project.


Please follow our commenting guidelines.


  1. the article did not say if clean power is available 24/7 to the 23,500 household. solar power can only generate at 2000 hours per year (at most), meaning the available clean power to the 23,500 household is only available 5~6 hours a day during daytime and nothing at night. some facts seem conveniently hidden to hype solar power more than it can deliver. it is a good alternative source of power though, but also have disadvantages and adverse effects on the environment!

    • Clean energy come to replace the one which is responsible of the global warming, and other kind of pollution.
      2000 hours is not enough, but still better than to let coal produce eectricity.

    • The 23,500 figure was taken from the total power produced by the solar plant in a year over the average household power consumption in the Philippines.
      Moreover, the total sunlight hours is more than 3,650.
      What adverse effect are you talking about? The land used for solar PV farms are non-agricultural lands and we would have had no use otherwise.