The biggest solar farm in South East Asia and the seventh largest in the world is expected to start feeding power to the Visayas grid this weekend, and will officially be inaugurated on February 19, Cadiz Mayor Patrick Escalante said yesterday.
The solar farm, located on 176 hectares in Barangay Tinampaan, Cadiz City, will produce 132 megawatts of power, the mayor said.
Soleq, the firm that built the about P10-billion solar farm, has invited President Benigno Aquino III to the inauguration but no confirmation has been made yet on whether he is arriving, Escalante said.
It will sell its solar power at about P8.69 per kwh, he said.
The solar farm that generated 2,500 jobs during its construction stage is expected to hire about 250 employees for its operations, he said.
Its presence will also create more jobs in Cadiz City as it is expected to draw investors to planned economic zones, he added.
The San Carlos Solar Energy Inc. (Sacasol) is also rushing to complete an about 40-megawatt solar farm in Manapla, Negros Occidental, before the March 15 feed-in tariff deadline, Escalante said.
About 500 workers from Cadiz City who are already experienced in building a solar farm are being hired by Sacasol for its 60-heactare solar facility in Manapla, he added.*CPG
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