Philippines turns on first large-scale solar farm

The first utility-scale solar farm in the Philippines was officially switched on this week. Solar energy firm Conergy has completed the first phase of the 22MW facility, which is located […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

The first utility-scale solar farm in the Philippines was officially switched on this week.

Solar energy firm Conergy has completed the first phase of the 22MW facility, which is located close to the port of San Carlos City.

Phase one features 13MW of power capacity but when completed the solar farm is expected to generate enough electricity to power around 13,000 homes every year.

Philippines is believed to have the fifth highest electricity prices in the world. The Government has set a target of tripling its renewable power generation to more than 15GW by 2030.

Alexander Lenz, President for Conergy Asia & Middle East said: “This is a big moment for the Philippines, where the country’s proximity to the Equator, high electricity prices and logistical complexity, offer huge potential.”

He added the project would provide “affordable, reliable power for businesses and citizens across San Carlos City and offers a model for other parts of the country”.