SOLAR PANEL The Silay solar farm is selling 25MW of power to the Visayas grid.* ( Andy Alvarez photo)

Silay solar plant opens,
to draw investors, jobs

Citicore Power inaugurated its 25 MW solar power plant in Silay City, Negros Occidental, yesterday that is expected to help avoid 18,000 metric tons of carbon emissions per year – equivalent to planting 800,000 trees over the 25-year life of the facility, its executive vice president Manolo Candelaria said.

The P2 billion solar farm is expected to begin providing 25 MW of power to the Visayas grid starting today that can power 30,000 homes, he said.

Work on the expansion of the Silay solar farm to provide 15 MW more of power is expected to start in the second half of this year, and it will cost about P1.5 billion, Candelaria added. moremoremore

Neg. Occ.
renewables capital: Lito

Negros Occidental is slowly being recognized as the renewable energy capital of the Philippines, with a capacity of 288.3 MW, former Gov. Rafael “Lito” Coscolluela, said yesterday.

Coscolluela, provincial   consultant on investment and promotions, trade and export development and inter-agency coordination, said unofficial data on the renewable energy capacity of Negros Occidental from biomass, bio ethanol, and solar power is now about 288.3MW, while the projected demand of the province is 288MW, he said.

The inauguration of the 25 MW Silay solar plant yesterday further helped put Negros Occidental on the map as the renewable energy capital of the Philippines, he said. moremoremore


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NegOr cops warned
vs. ‘rebels' attacks'

Negros Oriental Police Provincial Office officer-in-charge, Senior Supt. Harris Fama, directed the police chiefs in the province to remain vigilant and undertake basic precautionary measures to ensure their safety.

He said this is “protocol”, after the ambush Thursday in Candoni, Negros Occidental, where two police personnel were killed and five others were wounded. The incident took place at around 9:20 p.m. in Barangay Caningay, Candoni town, and perpetrated by suspected members of the New People's Army.

In his message to the chiefs of police, Fama reminded them of the basic safety procedures and that the security matters be cascaded to their men.