Thursday, 22 April 2010

Aurora ecozone acquires P220-m solar power plant

by Ferdie G. Domingo
Manila Standard

A P220-million solar power plant that can generate enough electricity to power up to 1,000 households will be built in Casiguran, Quezon, with the service contract between the Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and the Department of Energy already signed.

The ecozone in Casiguran would be the first ecozone to get a solar power plant developed by Apeco which was pre-qualified by the energy department as a developer of renewable energy, Vitaliano Sabalo Jr., Apeco administrator, told reporters late Monday.

The DOE is convinced that Apeco is legally, technically and financially qualified to enter into such contract. As a developer of renewable energy, Apeco may tap sub-contractors to service the various phases and needs of the project.

The six-month construction of the 1-megawatt solar power plant would start next August in an 81-hectare site in Barangay Esteves, Sabalo said.

The service contract, signed last month by Sabalo and the then Energy Secretary Angelo Reyes at the DOE Energy Complex in Taguig City, was the first to cover solar energy in the country since Republic Act 9513, or the Renewable Energy Act of 2008 authored by Senator Edgardo Angara, was passed. Angara, Assistant Energy Secretary Mario Marasigan and Apeco business development chief Althea Acas witnessed the contract signing—one of the last official acts of Reyes as energy secretary.

Apeco is the progeny of the Aurora Special Economic Zone Authority or Aseza, renamed to underscore the first and only economic zone in the Pacific, and is the first green ecozone in the country that follows the tenets of all things green such as architecture, urbanism, technology, energy and sustainable community development, according to Acas.

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