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Sale of solar power to
Visayas grid starts
BY CARLA GOMEZ

The first commercial scale solar plant in the Philippines in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental, began selling power to the Visayas grid yesterday, Jose Maria Zabaleta Sr., San Carlos Solar Energy Inc. chairman, said.

Zabaleta said the SACASOL solar plant at the San Carlos Ecozone in San Carlos City began selling 13 megawatts to the grid, and will sell 9 more by the end of the month.

SACASOL will deliver power to the grid during peak hours displacing more expensive diesel and bunker generated electricity, which will help bring down the average cost of power rates to consumers, he said.

He said that while diesel and bunker generate power at P22 per kilowatt hour, solar power costs about P9 plus per kwh, he said.

The solar plant that has a life span of 25 years will produce power without having to pay for its source, he said.

President Benigno Aquino III is arriving in San Carlos City Thursday morning for the inauguration of the solar plant, Gov. Alfredo Maranon Jr. said.

The 22-megawatt P1.9-billion solar plant is a joint venture of Bronzeoak and European investment fund ThomasLloyd Group.

Marañon said any renewable energy is good.

The plant in San Carlos will not be oil-based, it will help conserve the country’s foreign exchange and the environment, he said.*CPG

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