Published on 01st March 2021
Solar Philippines, a manufacturer and an EPC player in the Philippines renewables industry is planning to build a mammoth power complex with 2 GWp solar power capacity, 6 GWp of energy storage, and a 600-MW diesel backup plant in Batangas.
The company recently filed a public scoping report for the Batangas 3 Solar Baseload Plant; the project's feasibility study was launched in August 2020. The project timeline in the report shows construction is anticipated to begin towards the end of 2022, which it expects to be able to complete by 2024.
Solar Philippines has secured a Solar Service Energy Contract from the Department of Energy, giving it exclusive right to explore, develop and utilize the solar resource. It has purchased and secured land for the project in the municipality of Nasugbu.
In 2008 the Philippine government passed a renewable energy law with the aim of doubling renewable power capacity by 2030, thus reducing the nation’s dependence on coal-fired power. However, installed renewable capacity in the Philippines increased by a mere 3% on average or 157 megawatts per year between 2005 and 2016 (from 5226 MW to 6958 MW). The Philippine government has set a goal to completely electrify the country by 2022 (pushed back from 2020).