Philippines developer offers PV sites to rivals in bid to kick-start solar parks


Developer Solar Philippines has announced it is offering up sites suitable to host PV projects from its portfolio, in a move which will enable the construction of clean power generation capacity running to “multiple times greater than the country’s total solar capacity to date.”

The company has announced it will be offering up around 10,000ha – chiefly near its own solar projects at Batangas, Tarlac, and Nueva Ecija, on the island of Luzon – so rival PV companies can co-locate facilities nearby and benefit from economies of scale on a model inspired by India's large, multi-developer solar park sites.

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Quoted in a press release issued by Solar Philippines yesterday, to announce the move, founder Leandro Leviste said: “Our aim is no longer to compete with the country’s power companies but to enable them to build projects, to ensure that solar soon becomes the largest source of new energy in the Philippines.

“The problem we need to solve is that, despite there now being significant demand for new solar plants, there is a scarcity of sites. Our SEZs [solar energy zones] will make it easy for any of these power companies that decide to build solar to locate in these zones and start construction that same year. This would not be possible had we not begun the development of these sites six years ago, when others did not believe that large scale solar would be viable. Now the power industry is convinced that it is, we are making available these sites to help others enter the market.”

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The Makati city-based solar developer predicted the sites which will take shape as a result can be expected to be installed over the next five years.

On its LinkedIn page, Solar Philippines describes itself as the largest PV developer in Southeast Asia and claims to have 400 MW of operational or under-construction solar projects as part of a “multi-gigawatt” pipeline which includes “the world's largest off-grid solar projects and the lowest cost solar power purchase agreements in East Asia.”

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