02 Feb Largest Solar Plant in Mindanao Opened to Provide Solar Power to the Mindanao Grid
Last August of 2015, the P1.3B solar project was launched with the purpose of improving South Cotabato’s investment climate and agricultural productivity. This is due to the province’s sufferings regarding with the power shortage, effect of the reduced dependability of the Agus-Pulangi Hydro Power Plants and the worsening El Nino phenomenon. And just recently, this said to be the largest solar facility in Mindanao has risen in South Cotabato providing five megawatts (MW) of solar power to the Mindanao Grid to attenuate the province’s power shortage.
The Solar Plant, which took only 80 days to build, is owned by the NV Vogt Philippines Solar Energy One Inc which headed the formal opening of the first five megawatts of its 10-MW plant situated in Surallah, South Cotabato, as told by Reynaldo Casas to The STAR through a phone interview.
This huge project, which is a joint initiative of the Surallah’s local government unit and the NV Vogt Philippines Solar Energy One Inc. backed by German IB Vogt GmbH, is composed of 23,520 solar panels.
South Cotabato Electric Cooperative (Socoteco 1) is the projects major off-taker and which will then be distributing electricity to General Santos City, eight South Cotabato municipalities and Lutayan town in Sultan Kudarat’s consumers.
Two bigger solar projects in Tarlac and in Pangasinan are being eyed by NV Vogt Philippines to work with separate from the Mindanao project.