BIGGEST PHILIPPINE SOLAR PLANT TO-DATE STARTS POWER EXPORT TO LUZON GRID
The 50.07 MWp Tarlac solar power project was synchronized to the Luzon grid and started delivery of power at 4:10 pm on January 27, 2016 as part of its on-going commissioning tests. The energy facility covers 55 hectares of industrial land within the PEZA-registered Central Technopark in Tarlac City. It is owned by PetroSolar Corporation, a joint-venture firm of PetroGreen Energy Corporation (PGEC) (56%), and EEI Power Corporation (44%). PGEC, the renewable energy subsidiary of publicly-listed PetroEnergy Resources Corporation, is also part owner of the 20MW Maibarara-1 geothermal facility in Sto. Tomas, Batangas and the 36 MW Nabas-1 wind power plant in Nabas, Aklan.
PetroSolar President Milagros V. Reyes declared, “PetroSolar’s 50MW Tarlac solar farm is the largest single solar power facility completed in the country to-date. The Department of Energy (DOE) validated completion of 80% of our solar farm’s electro-mechanical components and 100% of our interconnection facilities last December 23, 2015 and issued our nomination for FIT eligibility on January 19, 2016. We shall notify the DOE and Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to validate the results of our grid synchronization and commissioning tests which we intend to complete in a few days.”
PetroSolar was issued the service contract for the Tarlac solar project by the DOE on March 19, 2015 and secured its declaration of commerciality on September 24, 2015. It engaged several parties for the project including Syntegra Solar as owner’s engineer, German firm Conergy for the solar farm design, supply and delivery of solar panels and related equipment, and local companies such as Media Construction for initial site civil works, Phesco, Inc. for solar farm construction, and Philcantech Enterprises for the substation and transmission lines.
PGEC Vice President and COO F.G. Delfin Jr., added “Although we were late entrant to solar energy development having signed our supply and construction contracts only in mid-June 2015, our completion of the project of this scale in such timeline owes not only to the tight collaboration between our team and sub-contractors but also to the professional cooperation we have received from agencies such as DOE, DENR, NGCP, PEMC, and PEZA. As important, given that only about 132 MW of solar projects out of the 500MW allocation have been awarded the Php 8.69/kwh solar FIT rate, our milestone today once validated by DOE and ERC gives PetroSolar a very high chance of securing our 50MW FIT allocation.”