San Carlos City seen as renewable energy capital

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Saturday, May 17, 2014


SAN Carlos City, Negros Occidental, the home to the country’s first and largest commercial solar power plant, is positioning itself to be the renewable energy capital of the Philippines.

This was announced by Mayor Gerardo Valmayor Jr. during the inauguration of the Phase 1 of the 22-megawatt solar power plant of San Carlos Solar Energy Inc. here Thursday.

Aside from the solar power plant, San Carlos also hosts the San Carlos Bioethanol Inc. which produces power from ethanol, and the soon to open biomass power plant.

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Valmayor said a wind farm is also being proposed in their city.

The 19.9-megawatt biomass power plant of the San Carlos BioPower Inc. is expected to be also completed in the coming months.

Valmayor said these investments boost employment and provide more income for the City Government since the host-local government unit gets a percentage from the gross income and earn from real property taxes.

The biomass-fired power plant will use bagasse or sugarcane waste as feedstock which abundant in the province.

San Carlos City is an ideal location for the solar farm with the right coordinates for maximum solar radiation, less prone to cloud cover and enjoying more sunshine hours than the rest of the province. (NLG/PNA)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on May 17, 2014.

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