Ribbon Cutting Mayor Patrick Escalante , Craig Marsh, Gregorio Araneta III , French Ambassador Thierry Mathou, Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. and Juan Miguel Zubiri (l-r) cut the ribbon at the inauguration of the biggest solar farm in Southeast Asia in Cadiz City, Negros Occidental.* ( Archie Alipalo photo)

Biggest solar farm in SE Asia
game changer for Neg. Occ.

The largest solar farm in Southeast Asia capable of producing 188,500 MWh of solar power per year or enough to power an estimated 167,526 households, save 177.7 million liters of water, and lower carbon emissions by 94,627 tons per year, equivalent to planting 2.4 million trees, was inaugurated in Cadiz City, Negros Occidental, yesterday.

Helios Solar Energy Corp. led by its chairman Gregorio Araneta III, inaugurated the 132.5 megawatt solar generation facility located on 176 hectares in Barangay Tinampa-an, Cadiz City, that has been selling its power to the Visayas grid since last month.

The Cadiz solar farm is the largest in Asia, outside of China, and is seventh in the world, and so many French companies have been involved in its construction, French Ambassador to the Philippines Thierry Mathou, who was at the inauguration rites, said. moremoremore

economic zone eyed, too

A 200-hectare property adjacent to Helios Solar Energy's Pollo Solar Park in Barangay Tinampa-an, Cadiz City, is being eyed for conversion into an economic zone geared towards drawing more investors, Cadiz Mayor Patrick Escalante said yesterday.

“We are talking to a Chinese firm that may establish a facility in the economic zone to manufacture solar panels to be exported to the rest of the world,” the mayor said

Escalante said the establishment of the 132.5-megawatt solar farm is expected to draw investors and bring many benefits to the city, including the payment of P45 million in taxes annually. moremoremore


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NORPPO receives request
to transfer Dumaguete CoP

The Philippine National Police in Negros Oriental received a letter from Dumaguete Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria requesting for the transfer of Supt. Jovito Atanacio, officer-in-charge of the city police, about two months to go before the May elections.

Negros Oriental PNP OIC, Senior Supt. Harris Fama, confirmed the receipt of the letter request to transfer Atanacio seven months after he was assigned in Dumaguete.

Last week, a manifesto was signed by all 108 police officers of the Dumaguete City police in support of the retention of Atanacio, whom they believe is different from the previous chiefs of police in Dumaguete, being a workaholic and is religiously doing his job. moremoremore