THE Toledo City Council approved a resolution, granting Mayor John “Sonny” Osmeña to negotiate and sign a contract with First Toledo Solar Energy Corp. (FTSEC) to build a solar energy harnessing facility.
Osmeña, in a faxed information sheet, said the P3.86-billion, a 60-megawatt ground mounted solar photovoltaic project, will be developed by SunAsia Energy Inc. (SEI).
The City Environment and Natural Resources Office issued a cease-and-desist order against SEI last month for cutting 1,000 trees in the project site in Barangay Talavera.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) already filed cases against SEI, FTSEC’s general manager and the lot owner, said DENR 7 spokesperson Dr. Eddie Llamedo.
Llamedo said the agency also issued an environmental compliance certificate (ECC) to FTSEC last month.
The council did not object to the project when it was brought to the body weeks before, according to a council employee who asked not to be named.
The mayor said the facility is targeted to be operational in the first quarter of 2016.
SEI, a Filipino-owned firm, is accredited by the Department of Energy to develop renewable energy projects.
The FTSEC is owned by Citicore Power Inc., which focuses on developing renewable energy projects like solar, hydro and wind.
The facility will be built on a land leased from the Leavenworth Corp., the property owner.