Camiguin Island to build $120M solar power, wind farm

THE Camiguin Provincial Government has inked a deal with the Spanish government for the construction of a US$120-million solar power plant and wind farm for the energy needs of the island province.

Governor Jurdin Jesus Romualdo said the construction of the five-hectare solar facility would start in either the towns of Sagay and Guinsiliban by October.

He said the construction of the wind farm containing seven turbines would start soon after the construction of the solar power plant will be finished.

u201cWe have chosen the towns of Sagay and Guinsiliban because of their favorable locations for the sun and wind exposure,” Romualdo told reporters during the Mindanao Power Situation Forum held in Cagayan de Oro Wednesday.

Romualdo said both solar and wind power plants are expected to generate 9 megawatts (MW) of electricity.

Presently, Camiguin province, the second smallest island in the Philippines has an electricity peak demand from 3 to 4 MW a day.

Romualdo said the extra electricity would be used for the new investments in tourism on the island.

He said the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (Caap) is constructing a new passenger terminal at the airport in the capital town of Mambajao and Philippine Air Lines is expected to fly a new route to the island before the year ends.

Presently, Cebu Pacific flies thrice weekly to Camiguin from Mactan, Cebu.

Romualdo said business investments have perked up for the island in the following months.

He said Mallberry Suites of Cagayan de Oro is planning to open a five-star hotel on the island while Ayala group of companies is having a tie-up with a Chinese company to construct an 18-hole golf course.

u201cWe need electricity to power these business developments. The solar and wind plants will help us very much,” Romualdo said.

Romualdo said the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines is also upgrading the submarine cable that link the island to the Mindanao grid.

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