A P2 billion 50-megawatt solar power plant will soon rise in Bacolod City, as a homegrown firm and a Korea-based company signed a memorandum of understanding at L’Fisher Hotel last night.
The signing of the MOU by the presidents of the Bacolod-based Amatera Renewable Energy Corp. and Korean company TPC Construction Co. marks the first renewable energy plant to be put up in the capital of Negros Occidental, that is targeted to be completed by 2020.
The plant will be located at the 70-hectare property of the Lacson family, behind the barangay hall of Vista Alegre in Bacolod City.
Mary Grace Buhain, president of Amatera, said that the construction of the renewable energy plant will be in time for the upgrading of transmission lines by the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines, that is hoped to be finished next year.
Buhain said their matriarch Teresa Lacson owns the vast sugarcane land that will be converted into a solar power farm, that would help Bacolod in terms of employment as they would hire locals when they start to put up the facility.
TPC President Su BaeJi also said in his speech that the signing of MOU is the beginning of the beautiful partnership between the Philippines and Korea towards creating renewable energy plants.
Amatera’s role will be facilitating the permits and the logistics to put up the RE plant while TPC will invest in it, Buhain said.
Hanshel Layaoen, technical consultant of Amatera, also said that after the MOU signing, initial investigation and engineering will take place in the area and if the outcomes are good, both of the companies will come to an agreement.
After the agreement, they will wait for NGCP’s signal for the construction in time for the upgrade of the 230-kilovolt transmission line, he said.
The solar farm will hire close to 500 workers, from its construction to operation, Layaoen said, adding that a 50MW RE plant could light about 230 households in the daytime.
The event was attended by top executives of the two companies, Bacolod Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran, Vista Alegre captain and Chief Operating Officer of Amatera Jose Maria Leandro Norberto De Leon.
Familiaran said in his speech that solar energy will not only provide alternatives for sources of energy, but will give the people of Bacolod more, as it opens its doors to work opportunities and in saving the environment.
“This is the first large-scale solar energy source in Bacolod and I think it’s a step towards a greener and more sustainable Bacolod,” the vice mayor said.
He also thanked Amatera and TPC for “making Bacolod live in a time of extraordinary opportunities, policies, technologies, and markets that are gradually aligned to accelerate the transition to a sustainable energy future.”*
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