October 13, 2021

In Nueva Ecija, the Philippines’ biggest solar park will be built

In the next years, the Philippines is projected to increase its renewable energy sources, as the country’s biggest solar park will be built in Nueva Ecija.

Solar Philippines stated in a statement on Monday, October 4, 2021, that it is forming the Solar Energy Zones, Inc. (SEZ) to host solar power projects on its 10,000-hectare property in Batangas, Nueva Ecija, and Tarlac.

According to Leandro Leviste, founder of Solar Philippines, there is a shortage of land to build new solar power facilities due to the increasing demand.

The SEZ was inspired by solar parks in India, where companies may co-locate for their solar projects, according to Leviste.

“Our goal is not to compete with the country’s power providers, but to allow them to develop projects so that solar becomes the Philippines’ primary source of new energy,” he added.

The SEZ, according to Leviste, will assist businesses in constructing large-scale solar farms.

“Now that the electricity sector is persuaded,” he added, “we’re making these locations accessible to enable others to join the market.”

SEZ will announce additional locators in the next months who will be building solar projects in the next five years.

Solar Philippines said, “The capacity of these will be multiple times larger than the country’s total solar capacity to date, making solar a significant part of the country’s energy mix.”

During the Duterte administration and beyond, the Department of Energy (DOE) intends to increase the country’s renewable energy supplies.

According to DOE statistics, 7,399 megawatts of renewable energy were built between 2016 and 2020.

Alfonso Cusi, the Secretary of the Department of Energy, previously said that boosting renewable energy, of which solar power is a major component, is part of the country’s commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement.

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