Conergy will build a second utility-scale plant in the Philippines, about 30 miles from the capital Manila, to add to the 22MW plant on the island of Negros Occidental that was connected in May.

The company announced that it will design and build the plant, which will have a generation capacity of 8MW, on the island of Luzon. Utilising 30,000 solar panels, the project will be built for the renewable energy arm of Philippines-based independent power producer Angeles Power. Conergy claims the project will provide enough electricity to power around 4,800 homes.

The Philippines has a target in place to double its current solar generation capacity over the next 15 years. This would require an additional generation capacity of 16.2GW to be added. Conergy claims that by the end of this year the company will itself have installed 30MW of projects that qualify for government incentives, which are designed to kick-start the first 50MW of utility-scale PV generation.

The previous Philippines project that Conergy completed in May was the country’s first utility-scale solar plant. Its connection was celebrated with a ceremony that was attended by Philippines president Benigno Simeon Aquino III.

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