Solar Philippines to build largest solar farm in Luzon
Rosalinda L. Orosa (The Philippine Star) - March 30, 2015 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - After pioneering the nation’s first large-scale solar rooftop projects, Solar Philippines claims a new frontier with the launch of the largest solar farm in Luzon.

At the ceremonial groundbreaking of the 50 MW project in Calatagan, Batangas, attended by officials from local and national government, Solar Philippines president Leandro Leviste marked the event as a turning point for renewable energy in Batangas, which is home to both the nation’s largest number of fossil-fuel plants and various eco-tourism destinations.

The ground-mounted system will comprise over 150,000 solar panels, covering over 75 hectares of land owned by the company. Once completed this year, it will generate enough energy to power the majority of the entire province of Batangas. After 30-plus years of operation, it is expected to offset over one million tons of CO2, equivalent to planting over five million trees.

Solar Philippines will develop, co-finance, design, and construct the project, the first time that any local company has taken an integrated approach to solar farm development, allowing Solar Philippines to complete this project in record time.

Turning point for renewable energy: The ground-mounted system will comprise over 150,000 solar panels, covering over 75 hectares owned by the company. Once completed this year, it will generate enough energy to power most of Batangas.

“This is the first of many solar farms that we will launch this year, and are in discussions with landowners across Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao,” said Leviste. “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.”

Leviste took the occasion to issue a call to action to other landowners: “This is the year to convert unproductive lands into solar farms. What we have done to the rooftops of malls and factories we will do for solar farms, and we welcome all willing partners to join us in finally turning this vision into a reality.”

The company plans to complete 200 MW in 2015, and has secured over a dozen Renewable Energy Service Contracts to develop projects near major cities across the country.

Solar Philippines is the country’s No. 1 solar provider and Southeast Asia’s largest developer of rooftop power plants. The country’s first all-in-one solar financing, design, and construction company installs solar on rooftops at zero cost, supplying electricity at below-utility rates. With a team of 125 veterans from the solar, construction, and power industries, the company is growing fast to meet the need for affordable, clean, distributed generation. For more information, contact inquiries@solarphilippines.ph or visit www.solarphilippines.ph.

BATANGAS DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY LEANDRO LEVISTE LEVISTE LUZON RENEWABLE ENERGY SERVICE CONTRACTS SOLAR SOLAR PHILIPPINES SOUTHEAST ASIA
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