2 solar power projects to pour in Davao del Sur

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Sunday, January 15, 2012


TWO solar power projects are in the pipeline of Davao del Sur's investment leads for 2012, expecting to boost the economy and augment the power supply needs of the province.

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) provincial director Engineer Edwin Banquerigo reported that two private investors in solar power generation would put up their facilities respectively in the municipalities of Sta. Cruz and Hagonoy.

Banquerigo told the media in last Sarurday's "Kapihan sa PIA" that the PhilNew Energy would pour in about P7-8-billion worth of solar-powered facilities in Barangay Darong, Sta. Cruz.

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Though the Department of Energy has approved power generation of up to 50 megawatts, the DTI official said the facilities of PhilNew Energy would generate 35 megawatts power from the solar energy.

Banquerigo said PhilNew Energy solar power is a project of the Ayala group of companies, adding that it would be the biggest solar power project in the country.

The Infinity firm would bring in a solar power project in Hagonoy town, Banquerigo disclosed, though he did not give the project’s power generation capacity.

He said both projects are expected to be constructed this year, and would hopefully be operating in 2014.

The province is also host to the P6 billion Sibulan hydro plant, a run-of-river environment-friendly 42.5 megawatts hydroelectric power plant, developed by Hedcor Sibulan Inc. at Barangay Darong, Sta. Cruz.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on January 16, 2012.

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