P710-M solar plant opens in NUEVA ECIJA


CABANATUAN CITY, NUEVA ECIJA: Adopting a renewable energy alternative to cushion the impact of climate change and address the increasing power demand in the locality, a P710 million solar power facility was launched here by President Benigno Aquino 3rd.

The first 10-megawatt energy plant with 39,456 solar panels is located in a 12-hectare property in Barangay Lourdes here, and is expected to supply additional 8.69 kilowatt-hour of power daily to city subscribers.

“We now help electrify off-grid areas through distribution of Solar Small Home Systems,” project proponent First Cabanatuan Renewable Venture Inc. (FCRVI), said.

FCRVI added it also aimed to reduce carbon emissions of at least 16,500 metric tons annually or 330,000 metric tons in the next 20 years.

In his message during the unveiling on Thursday, Aquino said it is time to reduce carbon emissions, being part of the climate change impacts tackled during the recent 21st United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, which he attended.

The outgoing president said a total of five power plants have been installed during his administration, with 33 percent using renewable energy sources – solar, geothermal, hydroelectric, wind and biomass.

The power plants’ installed capacity has gone up to 5,539 megawatts, and is now achieving 15,304 megawatts, which are part of the present administration’s 2013 Philippine power project priorities, he added.

The solar plant, which took one year to complete, generated jobs for some 300 people during construction.

The undertaking is a joint initiative of FCRVI and Trademaster Resources Corporation.


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