THE Provincial Board of Negros Occidental passed during its regular session Wednesday a Resolution of No Objection (Rono) for the $175-million solar power plant in Cadiz City.

First District Board Member Renato Gustilo, chairman of the committee on energy, said the Rono is one of the requirements sought for the project.

Considered the biggest in Southeast Asia, the 100-megawatt solar power facility of Soleq has already started construction on a 175-hectare property at Hacienda Paz, Barangay Tinampaan, Cadiz City.

Soleq is the solar power arm of Singapore-based Equis Funds Group, Asia's largest independent energy and infrastructure private equity fund manager.

The solar power project is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Representatives of Soleq led by its chief technology officer Michael Vukelic met with Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. and Cadiz City Mayor Patrick Escalante at the Provincial Capitol Tuesday.(TDE)