Philippines approves $475-m solar energy projects

Two of the biggest solar energy projects approved were those of Energy Logics Philippines of the Delgado Group for its 50-MW Pasuquin-Burgos station in Ilocos Norte and Belgium’s Enfinity Philippines Renewable Resources Inc., which is building a 50 MW- facility in Clark Freeport in Mabalacat, Pampanga.

The department also approved the application of Youil Renewable Energy Corp. of Korea for its 30-MW E. B. Magalona solar power project in Negros Occidental.

The department cleared the application of ATN Philippines Solar Energy Group Inc. for its 30 MW-Rodriguez solar power project in Rodriguez, Rizal.

Other solar energy approved projects last year were those of J.S. Construction & Development Inc. in Taytay, Rizal, 0.08 MW; and PhilNewEnergy Inc. in Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur.

The Philippine Solar Power Alliance earlier said there were about 70 projects with a total of 400 MW that applied with the department. The group has asked the department to increase the 50-MW installation target for solar energy.

Alena Mae S. Flores,