Clark hosts P11.75-B solar power project


Investments amounting to P11.75 billion have been secured by the state-owned Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) for the Clark Green City that would provide a clean energy source for the country’s first disaster-resilient and green city.

“We are very mindful of the impact of climate change in the Philippines and there is no other recourse but to adopt renewables as the main source of energy to power Clark Green City,” Casanova said.

Last December 9, an agreement with Sunray Power Inc. (SPI) has been signed by BCDA for the lease of a 260-hectare area in Clark Green City to build a 100-megawatt (MW) solar power facility worth P11.75 billion.

"We look forward to the long-standing partnership with SPI to provide clean and renewable energy not only to Clark Green City but also to the neighboring areas in Central Luzon,” BCDA president and CEO Arnel Paciano Casanova said.

He said BCDA would receive annual lease payments and shares in the revenues of generated power from the project.

SPI has also committed to employ 1,000 workers during the construction period and at least 250 workers during operations of the solar project.

He further said that the use of renewable energy such as solar power to energize Clark Green City is part of BCDA’s commitment to address the effects of climate change and global warming.

SPI is a Philippine corporation formed to develop, construct and own utility-scale power generating facilities for the production, generation, sale and storage of electricity harnessed from renewable energy sources such as solar, wind and waste-to-energy technology.

BCDA last July also signed signed a lease agreement with SSR C-Solar Power Inc. to establish a solar farm in Clark Green City capable of generating 20 MW of electricity.

BCDA said SSR C-Solar Power committed to invest about P1 billion for its solar energy project within the next two years.

Clark Green City

It was only last November 15 when BCDA signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Sweden’s state-owned IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute (IVL), and two Swedish firms ElectriCITY and Xeric AB to develop and build the 9,450-hectare Clark Green City in Central Luzon.

IVL is the oldest research institute in Sweden established in 1966 involved in the development of solutions to environmental problems, at national and international level.

ElectriCITY, on the other hand, is a non-profit organization backed up by big Swedish firms while Xeric provides business consultancy services for small and medium enterprises.

Clark Green City, the first smart, disaster-resilient and green metropolis in the country, is seen to have potential collaborative opportunities in relation to sustainable city planning, energy, infrastructure and utilities, eco-governance, clean technology, information technology and smart development, products, and solutions, sustainable resource management, waste management and recycling, and training and education. (With reports from The Philippine Star / Opinyon, Rosemarie Señora)