Philippines: Work on 132.5 MW PV plant underway, 2.5 GW of projects approved

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Chinese solar manufacturer, JA Solar has delivered 92.5 MW of its JAP6-72 310W PV modules to a 132.5 MW project, located in Cadiz City, in the Negros Occidental province, around three km from the coastline. Powerway, meanwhile, has been selected to supply the required mounting systems.

According to the Philippine DOE, as of September 30, the Cadiz Solar Power Project, owned by Helios Solar Energy Corp. was under the development stage and will receive a FIT. No details available on when the project was expected to be operational, or how much is being invested in it.

Negros Occidental has been described as the solar capital of the Philippines, with 12 solar projects totaling 580.5 MW having received approval there, as of September 30. To date, 45 MW have been installed in the province.

According to local media, the majority of the projects are in pre-development, with just two in the development construction stage, including the 132.5 MW Cadiz project.

Overall, the DOE has approved solar projects totaling 2.5 GW in the Philippines. Of this, just 131.90 MW have been installed. If it goes ahead, the largest one will be the 200 MW Bacolod City Solar Power Project II, currently being planned by Negros PH Solar Inc., and also located in Negros Occidental.