MANILA – The Department of Energy said its Renewable Energy Management Bureau is ready to validate the solar projects rushing to meet the deadline for the Feed-in-Tariff race on March 15, including those in Negros Occidental.
The DOE said in an advisory that RE developers could request for validation from the bureau upon reaching 80-percent completion of the electro-mechanical component of the project.
The department also noted that only developers with the complete documentary requirements, including a renewable energy service contract and a confirmed declaration of commerciality, will be considered.
The firms are required to send a formal letter to the DOE secretary for final validation.
The department also said “the validation activities will be based on the approved declaration of commerciality, particularly on the designed development scheme.” It also said using a different scheme will be subject to its approval.
The DOE said only projects in commercial operations will be issued the certificate of endorsement for the FIT.
The department said it will release the COE-FIT eligibility after the installation target is fully subscribed. It noted the document should indicate the project's installed capacity qualified for the FIT rate, including the date of its commercial operations that will specify its FIT charge.
DOE Secretary Zenaida Monsada said the department was “committed to a transparent award of the COE-FIT eligibility and reminds all RE developers to observe the procedures under the existing guidelines.”
The solar FIT has a 500-megawatt installation target, which has a deadline of March 15.
It is expected to increase the power supply for the incoming dry months.
As of Friday, the DOE issued seven projects with COE-FIT eligibility to the Energy Regulatory Commission. The projects have a total capacity of 153.93-MW.
The ERC will also inspect the power plants and will issue the certificate of compliance to the developers. It will allow them to charge the P8.69 per kilowatthour (kWh) FIT-allowance.
The commission bared this month that 13 projects, with a capacity of 360.41 MWs, were scheduled for inspection already.
The ERC noted the first five projects are 13.14-MW RASLAG Phase 2 in Pampanga, 132.49-MW Helios Solar Energy Corp., 58.98-MW San Carlos Sun Power, Inc. in Negros Occidental, 10.5-MW Asian Greenenergy Corp., 2.66-MW Burgos Solar Project Phase 2 (built by Energy Development Corp.) in Ilocos Norte.
The project firms in the race are 16.32-MW Mirae Asia Energy Corp., 50-MW PetroSolar Corp. in Tarlac, 30-MW ATN Phils. Solar Energy Group, Inc., 14.5-MW by YH Green Energy in Bataan and 5-MW Solar Powered Agri-Rural Communities Corp. in Morong, Bataan.
The last three projects are 5-MW from Solar Powered Agri-Rural Communities Corp. located in Bataan, 3.82-MW Solar Powered Agri-Rural Communities Corp. in Bulacan and 18-MW Negros Island Solar Power, Inc. in Negros Occidental.*PNA
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