ILOILO Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. graced the inauguration of the 5.67-megawatt solar power plant of Cosmo Solar Energy Inc. (CSEI) in Barangay Narat-an, Miag-ao, on Thursday, September 8.

It is the first solar power plant established in the province of Iloilo and the entire Panay and Guimaras islands.

CSEI President and Chief Executive Officer Rodolfo Golez Jr. said the power plant, albeit small and startup, embodies the realization of a dream and the Filipino spirit of passion, craftsmanship and hard work.

He said the project was conceptualized in 2012 and with the help and support of the local government of Miag-ao and the province of Iloilo, it has come to reality.

Golez said they have encountered many hindrances along the way but because of the encouragement from Defensor and his business partners, he was able to overcome the obstacles.

Defensor thanked Golez and his group for investing in renewable energy in the province. He said solar power plants are a big help in addressing climate change.

Mayor Macario Napulan also thanked CSEI for choosing the municipality of Miag-ao as the site of their project.

He said their municipality is proud to host the first ever solar power plant in this part of the country.

Golez said they have invested P745 million for the establishment of the solar power plant, which sits on a 15-hectare property in Miag-ao.

He said CSEI is also planning to put up another solar power plant in the adjacent property ,which is already part of the town of San Joaquin.

Golez said the second phase intends to provide an additional 6.5 MW of solar power into the national grid. (Capitol News)