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The province of Iloilo is aiming to host a sustainable energy project.

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Iloilo province has been designated as one of the host sites for the renewable energy expansion project of the Meralco PowerGen Corporation (MGen) and the Global Business Power Corporation (GBP) (GBP).

Jaime Azurin, president and chief executive officer of the MGen-GBP, said all their projects are currently in Luzon because of Meralco but the next phase will be to have the renewable project in the Visayas.

“We would like to extend the 1,500 megawatts of renewable energy to the Visayas. So we are looking at Cebu and Iloilo to be able to expand our expertise and give clean energy to our consumers in the Visayas sector,” he said in a news conference on Wednesday.

He stated the greatest possible energy for Iloilo is solar but they have yet to find a spot to pursue the project that will benefit the entire Panay Island that includes encompasses the provinces of Capiz, Antique and Aklan.

“All the utility firms under the new policy will have to buy renewable or what they call renewable portfolio requirements. We must provide Panay with renewable energy from our end, he remarked.

He continued by stating that Panay Island requires 200 megawatts of renewable energy.

Currently, it already supplies power through its Panay Power Corporation to all-electric distribution utilities on the island, except for the More Power Corporation.

Through its power plants headquartered in the La Paz district, GBP, a major energy firm in the Visayas Region and Mindoro Island, has been in Iloilo City for more than ten years.

“We are pleased to have witnessed Iloilo’s development over the past ten years as a result of the power plants we constructed. It was in 2010 when we erected our power plants and you see all these development that propelled Iloilo as the fastest-growing city in the Visayas,” he remarked.

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