BALANGA CITY, Bataan – Governor Albert Raymond S. Garcia yesterday expressed his optimism that more renewable energy projects would be established in the province to sustain the economic growth of the fast emerging economic zone in the country for three years.
Speaking before some 500 officials of the Next Generation Power Technology Corporation (NGPTC), National Grid Corporation of the Philippines, officials of the Authority of the Freeport Area of Bataan (AFAB) and municipal and barangay officials of Mariveles town, during the inauguration of the 18 MW Bataan Solar Power Farm in the coastal village of Alas-Asin, Mariveles town, Garcia said the local government’s crusade of protecting the environment remains the top agenda in encouraging investments.
Garcia said the construction of more renewable energy projects is a methodical approach to achieve continuous expansion toward environment-friendly business atmosphere in the province.
The unveiling of Bataan Solar Power Station local renewable energy company worth P 1.6 billion facility is being operated by NGPTC mother firm, Citicore Power, comes barely a week after the inauguration of its 25 MW solar farm in Silay City in Negros Occidental.
According to Citicore Power Executive Vice-President Manolo Candelaria, the power facility will operate and inject power to the Luzon Grid before the Feed in Tariff (FIT) deadline on March 15 this year to be able to get the renewable energy incentive offered by the government.
The first solar power farm in Luzon and listed as the second of its kind – renewable energy project in the country, located at AFAB facing the historic Corregidor Island, the facility is made of 68,500 photovoltaic (pv) modules and is projected to power 22,000 homes, Candelaria said.
The effect on the environment would be like planting 600,000 trees over the life span of the facility and avoiding 13,000 metric tons of carbon emission per year.
Candelaria said the almost simultaneous completion of these two power plants shows that Citicore Power is aggressive and serious in completing its renewable energy portfolio and “we are committed to providing energy to the Filipino people with little or no impact to the environment”