Philippines’ first utility-scale solar power plant comes online

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on reddit
Share on email

The first phase of the Philippines’ first utility-scale solar power plant is now online.

Announced by German solar company, Conergy the plant was inaugurated at a ceremony today with President Benigno Simeon Aquino III.  

The first phase of the solar park is 13MW, which has now been connected. In the coming months the remaining 9MW will also come online, to total 22MW.  

Conergy is responsible for design and building, San Carlos Solar Energy owns the solar power plant and the project was financed by ThomasLloyd Group, and developed by local company, Bronzeoak Philippines.

The plant is nicknamed ‘SaCaSol’ and is located near San Carlos City, Negros Occidental province, once fully operational the plant will generate enough energy to power 13,000 homes.

It is most likely SaCaSol will be the first project to qualify for the Philippines’ feed-in tariff, which is capped at 50MW – leaving only 29MW for a pipeline of more than 1GW of proposed solar projects.

The Philippines has high economic growth of 6-7%, high electricity rates and frequent black outs, as well as being close to the equator perfect for harvesting the natural solar resources, which makes the country an ideal candidate for developing solar systems.

Alexander Lenz, president for Conergy Asia & Middle East, Conergy, said: “This is a big moment for the Philippines, where the country’s proximity to the Equator, high electricity prices and logistical complexity, offer huge potential.”

SaCaSol “will provide affordable, reliable power for businesses and citizens across San Carlos City, and offers a model for other parts of the country,” said Lenz.

Marc Lohoff, CEO for Asia Pacific, Conergy said the company hopes barriers to utility-scale solar continue to fall so it can help alleviate other energy problems in the country.

The Philippines has a renewables target of 15GW by 2030 to help combat climate change. The island nation is more vulnerable to the effects of climate change due to its large coast lines, last November the country was devastated by Typhoon Haiyan.

The Philippines is also acclaimed by Geneva as having the best renewable energy laws in the world despite being responsible for a only 0.31% of global greenhouse emissions.

Solar Business Focus interviewed Anthony Conveney, head of financial structuring at Thomas Lloyd, on the opportunities in the South East Asia solar market.

Senator and environmentalist Loren Legarda spoke to Solar Business Focus on the Philippines' 1GW pipeline.

21 September 2021
C&I consumers currently source only about 7% of their power requirement directly from renewables. Indian corporate renewable market has grown rapidly and holds huge growth potential as companies look to reduce power purchase costs and cut carbon emissions. BRIDGE TO INDIA has built significant expertise in the corporate renewable business by working on over 30 consulting assignments and various research reports. We are organizing this conference to bring all stakeholders together and delve deeper into various market aspects. The conference will be held on a virtual platform with excellent networking opportunities for all participants.
22 September 2021
To commemorate the World Energy Storage Day(WESD) on 22 September, being recognized worldwide, Customized Energy Solutions (CES) and India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA) is organising the 5th global conference and virtual expo, which will be held virtually on 22 September 2021. WESD is a global movement initiated by various apex trade bodies working to promote and adopt energy storage, e-mobility & green hydrogen technologies for a sustainable future. The forthcoming edition of WESD is expected to attract global participation with an intent to facilitate bi-lateral trade, market development and new research and innovation, which will invite 100+ countries, 100+ regulators & policy makers, 100+ International speakers,1000+ organisations, 100+ partners & exhibitors and 20,000+ global delegates.
28 September 2021
Solar Solutions International is the largest trade show for solar energy in Northwest Europe. Now the solar market has grown up, it's time for the next step. Solar Solutions International displays more than 500 innovations and over 100 practical seminars concerning the latest in energy storage, smart products, and an ever evolving array of solar panels. As an exclusively B2B trade show, Solar Solutions International offers both exhibitors and visitors the chance to network at the highest level. Duurzaam Verwarmd, the largest trade show for sustainable HVAC technology in the Benelux, is held simultaneously. This way your one visit gets you up to date with all of the developments in both sustainable energy and heating.
6 October 2021
Intersolar Europe is the world’s leading exhibition for the solar industry. It takes place as part of The smarter E Europe – the continent’s largest platform for the energy industry. Under the motto “Connecting solar business,” manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, service providers and project planners and developers from around the world meet in Munich every year to discuss the latest developments and trends, explore innovations firsthand and meet potential new customers.
6 October 2021
The future is bright for a new era of US solar and storage, and the 8th annual Solar & Storage Finance Summit will provide opportunities to discuss solutions to the industry’s challenges and provide a networking platform designed to bring together the top minds in the industry to do business. With a mix of high-level, informative presentations and panels, a stellar cast of speakers and audience members with deal-making capacity, the 2021 edition of the event will be a sell-out success.
18 October 2021
Intersolar South America, South America’s largest exhibition and conference for the solar industry, takes place at the Expo Center Norte in São Paulo, Brazil on October 18–20, 2021, and has a focus on the areas of photovoltaics, PV production and solar thermal technologies. At the accompanying Intersolar South America Conference, renowned experts shed light on hot topics in the solar industry.

Read Next

PV Tech Premium
September 21, 2021
Pressures on PV plant performance have led the solar industry to be more demanding and forensic of the data operational projects generate, as well as the power. Jules Scully explores the growing role software is playing in the utility-scale solar arena and how it must evolve further still to meet expectations.
September 21, 2021
A round-up of the latest news from the US PV sector, including project developments from Ørsted, Candela Renewables and CEP Renewables.
September 21, 2021
New York’s governor has proposed an expansion of the NY-Sun distributed solar incentive programme and revealed plans for two transmission projects that will transport renewable energy to New York City to help the state reach 70% renewable electricity by 2030.
September 21, 2021
German solar installer Enpal has raised €345 million (US$405 million) in debt financing to fund the deployment of more than 15,000 household solar PV systems
September 21, 2021
India added 521MW of rooftop solar in Q2 2021, an increase of 517% compared to the 85MW added in the same quarter last year despite a slight increase in costs, according to a Mercom India report.
September 21, 2021
Private equity firm American Securities has secured a deal to acquire US solar engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) provider Swinerton Renewable Energy and its operations and maintenance (O&M) subsidiary SOLV from Swinerton Incorporated.

Subscribe to Newsletter

Upcoming Events

Solar Media Events
October 6, 2021
Solar Media Events
October 19, 2021
Solar Media Events
December 1, 2021